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Give or Receive

‭Acts of the Apostles 20:35 NLT‬

[35] And I have been a constant example of how you can help those in need by working hard. You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Good morning Ekklesia. In Acts 20:35, Paul delivers a timeless message that resonates deeply with our hearts: "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Let's dive into three powerful points of application from this verse:

1. Living as Christ's Example: Paul lived out this principle in his own life, setting an example for us to follow. His life was a testament to the joy and fulfillment found in sacrificial giving. Similarly, as followers of Christ, we are called to emulate his selflessness by actively seeking out opportunities to serve and support those in need.

2. Shifting our Focus: In a world that often emphasizes accumulation and self-gratification, Paul's words serve as a poignant reminder to shift our focus from receiving to giving. True joy and blessing are found not in what we acquire for ourselves, but in what we can generously share with others. As we prioritize giving over receiving, we align our hearts with God's kingdom values and experience the abundant life he promises.

3. Discovering True Blessing: Ultimately, embracing a lifestyle of giving opens our hearts to the abundant blessings of God. When we freely give of our time, resources, and love, we become vessels through which God's grace and provision flow. As we bless others, we ourselves are blessed abundantly in return. It's a beautiful cycle of generosity that reflects the heart of our Heavenly Father.

As we meditate on Paul's words in Acts 20:35, may we be inspired to live lives marked by selfless giving, following the example of Christ and experiencing the unparalleled joy of blessing others.

LoveUmorethanUknow, Pastor Stephän Kirby

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