I was reading my Bible the other day, making my way through a one-year reading plan (which I’m only halfway into, after starting a year ago—but that’s another story…).
As I was reading, something grabbed my attention. So much so that I just had to share it.
In Acts 20 Paul is saying his goodbyes to some close friends. He has spent lots of time with them, and is pretty sure they won’t ever see each other again. Along with saying goodbye, he’s reinforcing the things he did and taught them while they were together. You can read it all to get the full story if you want. But as I read his words to the leaders in Ephesus, this part stuck out to me:
I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 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 20:33-35
Here were my immediate take-aways from this. I hope this might inspire you, like it did me:
- It’s much better to give than to receive.
- It’s also better to work hard and take care of those around us than to envy other people’s wealth.
- God will always provide our needs. We are more valuable than the birds and the lilies. We know that. But if we are able to work hard and earn more than enough to take care of our most immediate needs, we should look for ways to bless others with our wealth.
This inspires me. I want to work harder, bless more people and be more grateful for what I have, rather than wishing I had more.