The Apostle Paul credits Jesus with teaching that it is more blessed to give than to receive, a teaching that positively shaped the pursuits of the earliest church and countless Christians throughout history. But is this teaching giving shape to your life? If it’s not, you’re missing out on the fullest expression of life that God has for you.
Talks about giving often lead to hearers asking, “What do you want from me?” But in the generous life we discover something far more significant — what God wants for you. Brad Formsma, in his book I Like Giving, observes one of the benefits that God wants for us, noting that when we give: “We feel more open, more alive, and more grateful”. And of course there is a benefit to the recipient as well, whether that be an individual, a family, or a whole community of persons.
But giving takes time, and costs money – neither of which we have a great deal of, or at least that is what we tell ourselves. The national bestseller Human Kind, a book that chronicles the stories of people who are living generous lives, notes that these same people “… don’t command an army of helpers or have an abundance of free time” but are rather “… everyday people who focus on what they can do to make a difference.” Everyday, ordinary people living generously – that’s extraordinary.
Don’t you want to be one of these people? I know I do, and I know that God wants this for us.