From the Pulpit: More Blessed to Give

In my current occupation, I have the privilege of traveling throughout the Midwest, Southeast, and East to receive donations given to the children’s home for which I work. It is a very rewarding work for me, and the children I represent are truly blessed by the generosity of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.

Each time I travel on the road, I am reminded of the words of Jesus that are recorded in Acts (20:35). It is here that Jesus says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Truer words could not have been spoken.

Every congregation I visit and every member I speak with are a blessing to me. I have joy in my heart watching fellow Christians give generously to those who are the most vulnerable members of society. As much of a blessing it is for me to receive these donations on behalf of the children of the home, I can see on the faces of those who are doing the giving that they possess even a greater blessing of joy than I do.

There is indeed something very special that takes place in the heart when we give to others. That something special is a feeling of satisfaction and joy knowing we are doing good for others. That something special is also a feeling of knowing we are making a difference in and bettering the lives of others.

When was the last time you experienced a deep and profound sense of satisfaction and joy because you were generous in some way to others? When was the last time you sacrificed your time, talent, energy, or money to help others? Let’s always remember it is better to give than to receive. If we will give, then we will experience the greatest possible feeling of being blessed.