So many people today live their life selfishly not thinking about what they can do to better someone else’s life. Their sole purpose is to gain without having to give anything away. That is a sad way to go through life because who will think fondly of us when we are gone from this earth when we only lived for ourselves? It will be a sad legacy that will be left behind because all those materials that people held on to so tightly will not follow anyone into their eternity. Only the good works that we did for our fellow man in the name of the Lord will be added to our Heavenly account. When we live our life to serve God and serve our fellow man we will be making an impact that is far beyond our finite thinking. The ripples that we helped to start will continue on long after our good works were done. That is how we should see our blessings as starting ripples that will continue on far longer than we can ever think or fully know. (Philippians 2:3-4) (1 John 3:17)
No matter who you are and no matter what your position in life is you have the ability to be a blessing. How does one do that? We do so by seizing the opportunities that come before us. We share kind words, we do good deeds, we make tough situations just a little bit better and by doing these simple things we show the love of Almighty God that resides within our hearts. We do for others as we would want them to do for us. We love and care for others as we would want to be loved and cared for ourselves. Life is all about sowing and reaping. What we put into the ground today will grow and bring forth an appropriate harvest in our tomorrows. That is why we should see our kind acts as seeds being sown that will take root and return to us untold blessings because we did as God commands to love our neighbor as we love ourselves. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8) (Romans 15:1-3)
I hope this message shows you the impact that one giver can have on another. We sometimes don’t realize how powerful our simple acts of love can be, but seeing it through this message should challenge us to always be a blessing when we have the opportunity.
BETTER TO GIVE THAN TO RECEIVE
A young man, a student in one of our universities, was one day taking a walk with a professor, who was commonly called the student's friend, from his kindness to those who waited on his instructions.
As they went along, they saw lying in the path a pair of old shoes, which they supposed to belong to a poor man who was employed in a field close by, and who had nearly finished his day's work.
The student turned to the professor, saying: “Let us play the man a trick: we will hide his shoes, and conceal ourselves behind those bushes, and wait to see his perplexity when he cannot find them.”
“My young friend,” answered the professor, “we should never amuse ourselves at the expense of the poor. But you are rich, and may give yourself a much greater pleasure by means of this poor man. Put a coin in each shoe, and then we will hide ourselves and watch how this affects him.”
The student did so and they both placed themselves behind the bushes close by. The poor man soon finished his work, and came across the field to the path where he had left his coat and shoes.
While putting on his coat he slipped his foot into one of his shoes, but feeling something hard, he stooped down to feel what it was, and found the coin. Astonishment and wonder were seen upon his countenance. He gazed upon the coin, turned it around, and looked at it again and again.
He then looked around him on all sides, but no person was to be seen. He now put the money into his pocket, and proceeded to put on the other shoe; but his surprise was doubled on finding the other coin. His feelings overcame him; he fell upon his knees, looked up to heaven and uttered aloud a fervent thanksgiving in which he spoke of his wife, sick and helpless, and his children without bread, whom this timely bounty, from some unknown hand, would save from perishing.
The student stood there deeply affected, and his eyes filled with tears. “Now,” said the professor, “are you not much better pleased than if you had played your intended trick?”
The youth replied, “You have taught me a lesson which I will never forget. I feel now the truth of these words, which I never understood before: It's more blessed to give than to receive.”
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:15-18 “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.”
2 Corinthians 1:3-5 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.”
1 John 4:10-12 “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and His love is perfected in us.”
Hebrews 6:10 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward His Name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”
Colossians 3:23-25 “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry