4/14/11

The Getting in Giving

One of the toughest parts about being a Christian is that we are called to give. Not just our money, but our time, our love, our gifts. It's unnatural. And lest we think we can hide from that calling, Jesus actually said it. It is more blessed to give than to receive. Dang. The red letters.

If we know anything about Jesus, it's that he doesn't speak in platitudes. His words are deep, and often difficult to understand. Jesus told stories. And he rarely stopped to explain what those stories meant. You either got it or you didn't.

So why is it better to give than to receive?

Because when you give, everyone wins. The paradox of the thing is that by fighting through the sin nature, by giving, with no hidden motives, you get "the feeling." That level of satisfaction that only God can bring.

If the motives are mixed, the giving is not pure. Jesus doesn't say, "give because you'll get." He tells us it's better to give than to receive; it's up to us to figure out why. And when we figure it out. When we give out of love for people, He blesses our giving. He blesses us out of nowhere. Like the $20 you find in that coat pocket the first time you pull it off the hanger for the winter.

What can you give today without expecting to receive? How can you bless someone without them ever knowing it was you?

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