Biblical Stewardship Resource Library

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Biblical Stewardship Resource Library

Acts 20:35

THE OUTWARD LIFE OF A STEWARD
Giving

It is more blessed to give than to receive.

In Acts 20:35 Jesus reminds us, “It is more blessed to give than to receive (NASB).” Jesus is not denying that it is a blessing to receive gifts. What He is saying is that it is more of a blessing to give them than it is to receive them. In our selfish, fallen natures this seems unfathomable. Ask a small child if it is more fun to give gifts or receive them. Look at their amazed expression that you would even ask such a silly question. But, in giving we experience a double blessing – the blessing to the receiver and the blessing to the giver. Proverbs 11:25 confirms this very idea saying, “He who refreshes others will himself be refreshed (NIV 1984).” Today, do yourself a favor. Find someone who has a need and meet it. You will both be refreshed in your giving. Think about it.