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.’Acts 20:35
I love history. It’s so interesting and teaches us a lot about the present and that’s why I like historical movies. My wife Hayley loves these types of movies too, but she loves historical books even more. In one such book she told me about, The Dragon of Lonely Island, author Rebecca Rupp takes readers on adventures into the past to help them learn about the lives of the people who came before us. Through the story-telling power of a kind three-headed dragon, three siblings are transported back in time to witness how kids just like them lived in the olden days. I love something one of the heads of the dragon said to the kids one time. He said, “Keep all your promises, don’t take what doesn’t belong to you, and always look after those less fortunate than yourself, and you’ll do well in the world.”
It’s amazing when you think about how many authors over the centuries have been influenced by the teachings of God’s Word. This dragon way of saying, “Do not lie, do not steal, and it is more blessed to give than to receive,” is only one example of the power of the Word of God in making the world a more loving place. And it plays off of something Jesus told his disciples, blessed are those who give. After all Jesus himself is our example, he came not to be served but to serve. And in turn he reveals to us that the blessing for us isn’t what we get from others, though it might seem like it, but the real blessing is when we give to others.
Questions to ponder
Can you remember a time when you gave something to someone and it was a blessing? What was it?
Why do you think God tells us to care for those who are less fortunate than us? For extra credit, read these three verses: Romans 12:13; 2 Corinthians 8:14; Galatians 1:10)
What is God leading you to give to someone else today that will allow you to directly point to Him so He gets the glory instead of you?