“God calls you to invest in the lives of others. If you are a follower of Christ you are in the people business giving your life helping others to grow closer to the Savior. The only question facing you is how you go about influencing them for Christ.” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“…remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35
You give in two ways, out of your surplus so that it costs you little or nothing, and sacrificially so that it costs you a great deal. Jesus alludes to this when He says that the widow’s mite was a greater gift than the wealth of the rich. 138 Paul reminded the Corinthians that the saints in Macedonia gave out of their poverty.139 King David said, “God forbid that I should give to the Lord of that which costs me nothing.”140
When someone says to you, “I don’t want you to do this for me unless you really want to,” understand that it is an irrelevant statement. If the favor is costly, of course you do not want to do it. Who enjoys the process of dying to self? But that is beside the point; you are not your own, but belong to your Lord and Master Jesus Christ. What does He want you to do? If it is His will that you do the favor, you do it gladly, as unto the Lord and not for the sake of the one asking.
Many people do not like receiving costly gifts because it creates an obligation they do not like being under. In the Orient you learn the art of giving, but not too much so that you do not make the recipient feel obligated to you. Much of this, however, is ameliorated by your attitude of genuinely feeling that they are doing you the favor of being able to give the gift.
In the economy of God you give because “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” Do you really believe that when you give sacrificially you gain? That people do you a favor by allowing you to give? You must allow this important truth to become an integral part of your life in order to be an obedient follower of Christ.
138 Mark 12:42-43
Joshua 1-3 Mark 16 (New King James Version)
God’s Commission to Joshua
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