“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’’ Acts 20:35
I believe we should be givers by nature; God’s nature. I’ve experienced the most joy when I’ve given someone else my time, my efforts, my love, my help, my money, etc. However, I wasn’t always like that. I remember my greedy years when I only cared about myself. The only thing that mattered was that “I” had enough and that “I” had everything “I” needed. The Lord quickly taught me that this type of character generated from the root of pride, and He showed me that the only letter that stands in the center of the word pride is “I”.
As I became older, I realized that this type of attitude didn’t please the Lord. Jesus was a generous giver. He gave His best to people, even when He didn’t have a place to lay His head at night. How amazingly humble is that? My desire was to be like Jesus, and so I prayed and asked the Lord to create a generous heart within me. Soon after that prayer, He instilled generosity in me and He placed “giving” opportunities before me to test my request.
I now truly love to feel the fullness of God’s joy through giving. It’s not something I can explain, it’s something you have to experience for yourself. One thing I’ve learned about giving is that you can never out-give God. His compensation for your generosity is matchless! He promises to bless a cheerful giver. I encourage you to look for giving opportunities and make generosity your second nature.
Challenge: I challenge you to think more about the needs of others and less about your needs. Seek those whom you can help and do it with the correct motive, and watch God manifest Himself in your life in unthinkable ways.