God: the only one you cannot truly outgive; giver of everything.
Acts 20:35(KJV) “I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive”.
We live in a culture today where many folks pay more attention to their needs being met than anything else; unfortunately, at times it is difficult to meet all the needs we have encircled ourselves with financially. The news media sensationalize and focuses on the financial threats and not the opportunities and this can cause panic in people’s mind about where they are as well.
But I know from personal experience that God’s way of doing finances and providing for His people is different from the world’s way of calculation. He has a way of providing and moving things around in the spiritual realm that when you really pay attention to His goodness and not what you have or don’t have, it leaves you in a state of wonder; God stays true to His nature of being a God of wonder.
In this reading for today we see Apostle Paul in transit to another of his missionary posts as he meets with certain of the elders of the Ephesians’ church and as he admonition them on certain actions and behaviors, one in particular being providing for the less fortunate.
He emphasizes the things he have taught them especially the need to labor for one’s wellbeing, but even as you go about your daily tasks, remember those who are weaker than you, putting into practice that which Jesus taught as well: “it is more blessed to give than to receive”.
Very interesting phrase I believe; although you might not have the world at your disposal, whatever you have, make it a point to share with those less fortunate, and it will be a blessing to you. The reason you are doing it is because Jesus said so, but more importantly do it because you are touched with the need of someone less fortunate than you.
You might not understand where the prompting might be coming from to aid that neighbor two houses from you or the person sitting in the cubicle or office next to you; it might be that you have to lend a hand to someone struggling to find cash in the grocery line before you; but whatever it is that comes to your attention to do, DO IT. Do it with grace, no complaining, no patting you on the back, no bragging rights.
Just do it today. You just stored up some blessings for yourself.
Trivia: He knew the exact date he was dying and the conditions; who is this?