Blessed To Give

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 236 - Acts 20:35 - Blessed To Give- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 236 – Acts 20:35 – Blessed To Give- Growing As Disciples

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.‘” Acts 20:35 (NIV) 

Time, Talent, And Resources

That is what I will generously and joyously give to others. What will you generously and joyously give to others? I will give my time, talent and resources to others. Why are you willing to do that? You have given me an example to follow. I want to become like you. I want to do what you did. I want to follow your example. How have I given you an example to follow? You came into this world to give yourself in service to others. You have up all your rights and privileges. You took on the form of a servant. You came into this world to live and die for me. You made it so I could be forgiven of my sin and cleansed of my unrighteousness.  You rescued me from a life without you. You adopted me into your family. You made me to be your child. You made it so I could live in an intimate relationship with you. You gave yourself joyously and generously even though you knew that you would be despised and rejected and ultimately put to death on the cross. Yes, I did all these things for you even though I knew the pain and suffering I would go through. You were doing the will of your Heavenly Father. That’s right. I had joy set before me. Was that the joy of knowing that you were doing your Heavenly Father’s will? Was that the joy of being the author and perfecter of my faith? Was that the joy of giving me an example to follow? Yes, it was.

Well, I want to go and do the will of my Heavenly Father. I want to do what you did. I want to take on the form of a servant. I want to give to others what you have given to me. What have I given to you? Everything I am, everything I have, and everything I hope to be has come to me as a gift from you. So, I want to give my time and talent and resources to others. I want you to use my life to draw others to you. I want to shine brightly for you in this world. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Use all that I am and all that I have in your service. Yes, I will. 

Lord, you have given me an example to follow. You came into this life to serve others. I want to become like you. I want to love like you loved, serve like you served and give like you gave. Bless me as I generously give my time, talent and resources to others. Amen

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To Give Than To Receive

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Blessing - Acts 20:35 - To Give Than To Receive - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Blessing – Acts 20:35 – To Give Than To Receive – Growing As Disciples

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'” Acts 20:35 (NIV)

Giving

I have richly blessed your life. I have given you an abundance of good gifts. Yes, you have richly blessed my life by giving me an abundance of good gifts. There is not one good thing I have received that ultimately has not come from your hand. I don’t know how I can ever say thank you enough for all that you have given to me. I am grateful and thankful beyond measure. I hope that my life will continually express gratefulness and thankfulness every day as I live my life with and for you. That will be very good.

I want to bless your life in a very different way. How so? Your life has already been blessed by all that I have given to you. That’s true. I know that you want to become like me. That’s right. You have seen that I am a giver of good gifts. You know that it is my joy and pleasure to give good gifts to you. I now want you to bless your life by you giving to others. You have experienced much joy in receiving all that I have given to you. Yes, I have. Would it surprise you to hear me say that it is much better to give than to receive? That is hard to believe. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not doubting your word. No, I know that you are not doubting my word. You are wondering how much fuller could your joy be by giving than receiving. Yes, that’s it exactly.

Test the truth of what I am saying. There is nothing that I have given to you that you can’t share with others in one way or another. You can share your gifts, talents and abilities. You can share your resources and possessions. You can share your family and friends. You can share your experience and knowledge. You can share the teaching and training you have received. You will be blessed in far greater measure by what you give than by what you have received. There is something vitally important that I also want you to know and remember. What is that? The blessings that you will receive by giving to others will not just be in this life. As you give and share with others you will be blessed in this life and in the life to come. Giving and sharing all that you are and all that you have will be storing up treasure in heaven with me. Will you give like I give? Will you share with others all that I have given to you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, you have richly blessed my life. You have given me an abundance of good gifts. I will not tight fistedly hold on to what you have given to me. Help me to experience the much greater blessing of giving and sharing others all that you have richly given to me. Amen

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