More Blessed To Give
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
We Can’t Out Give God
You will not find a reference in any of the four gospels of Jesus that quote Him saying, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” There are a lot of things that Jesus said and did that are not recorded in the Bible. John 21:25 says, “Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written.” Remember that Paul is quoting this in the Book of Acts and Paul did not live during the same time as Jesus lived. So how did Paul know that Jesus said this? Paul says in Galatians 1:11-12, “For I would have you know, brothers, that the gospel that was preached by me is not man’s gospel.12 For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.” Jesus revealed many things to Paul.
Even though we do not have a written record of Jesus stating that it is more blessed to give than to receive, it does align with His teachings. Luke 6:38 says, “give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Paul knew the teachings of Christ when it came to giving and receiving. The blessing of joy is received when you give so be sure to give big, give much and give often.
Lord, help me to have the right attitude when it comes to giving. Show me how I can give to others.