I have shewed you all things, how that 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.? Acts 20:35
We all are pretty familiar with the saying, "It's better to give than receive." But how many of us truly take that to heart? How many of us really and truly want to give away things that we hold dear to us or things that we have desired to have only to be told by God to give it away as soon as we get it?
It is easier to give when you have been given the gift of giving as oppose to someone who doesn't have that natural gift. However, that doesn't mean that the natural giver doesn't have moments on weakness when instructed to give away something that they truly wanted for themselves. Let me explain.
A few weeks ago, I finally purchased a book that I so desparately wanted to read. I had received this catalog from The Family Christian Bookstore with coupons in it that I was planning to use for this particular book. However, at a certain time during that month, they were advertising the book for half off, so I didn't need the coupon; I could just wait for that particular sale week. Sure enough I did wait; and I did go and purchase the book. I was so excited to finally have this book.
As I started to read the book, I was pondering who I could pass the book on to when I was finished ( I like blessing people with things that I feel have blessed me). As soon as I made the statement, "Who can I give this book to," a name and face immediately pop up. Not only that, I was instructed to give the book to them the next time I saw them. I responded, "Really, but I just got this book. I haven't even read it myself." And the voice clearly said, "Well you have up until the next time you see her to read it. Whether you finish or not, you have to give her the book." I was like, "Wow! Ok Lord, I hear you." Then I burst out into laughter because I remember Joyce Meyer talking about how God had told her to give away something that was dear to her.
Nevertheless, when I saw the person whom I was instructed to give the book to, I did give her the book. I told her the conversation with God about the book as I was giving it to her, and you would have thought that I gave her something huge. She was so grateful and appreciative of it, and thanked me for being obedient to the Holy Spirit.
The point of this story is that whether you are a natural giver or not, it will take effort and obedience on your part to God's Word and what He instructs you to do. Just because we like something or in my case, just had purchased something, doesn't mean God won't tell us to give it away. We just have to be ready to do what He says. So the next time God instructs you to give, be obedient and do it. You'll be glad you did!
(Oh yeah, by the way, I felt really good after giving her the book. It was such a joy to see that I made someone else's day with giving them not just a gift, but a gift that can edify them mind, body, and soul). I hope that you are encouraged by this story and will allow yourself to be mindful and obedient to God's voice. IN JESUS' NAME, AMEN.
Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. Luke 6:38