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“… It is more blessed to give than to receive”
This is one of the heavenly principles that will ever stand forever as is the law of gravity. As far as the earth exists this principle is effectual if applied in its right way. What is this that we are saying heavenly principle? Definitely; it is known from the above verse. It is the principle of giving and receiving, principle of seedtime and harvest. If we can remember the Bible has declared this principle in time past that is in the book of Genesis God has said there will be planting and reaping. And the Bible has put it in this way “As long as the world exists, there will be a time for planting (seedtime) and a time for harvest. There will always be cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night” Gen 8:22. This is always applicable, for God almighty has said it will remain as long as the world exists. And we are living in the existing world, so is the principle applicable for us too and we will expect seedtime and harvest if we do so appropriately. We can see this principle in the life of the farmers. Always the farmers sow a small amount of seed in the rainy season and then in the time of harvest they reap a manifold/multiplied amount of their seed. For God has said this will not cease while the earth exists. If the natural farmers are using it and getting the benefits that could be obtained from the heavenly principle, how much should we not use it and benefit out of it.
“It is more blessed to give than to receive” saith the Lord almighty. Yea! This is a heavenly principle that God has ever used to bless his beloved children. First let’s see what does this mean? It means that if you give something, as a result you would receive another thing which is far greater than what you have given to. How does this principle come true and did it ever work in time past? Yes! As we have seen in the above case of farmers, it works and will remain to work as long as the earth exists. This is what the Bible has declared in Genesis 8:22. And I believe what the Bible says is always true and never fails.
It first worked for God
We can see that it has first worked for God. God never command us to do something which HE did not do it before HE commanded us to do so. First God has done it and it worked then He declared and commanded us to do it after His manner. For example God commanded us to love our neighbor, but it was HE who first loved us before commanding us to love, this is what the Bible states in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world…” then only he commanded us to love. The same is true when God commands or says “It is more blessed to give than to receive”, by this I mean HE (God) first gave and received more, and proved that the principle is workable. Hey! You might ask me what did God gave and as a result received more? Follow me I will show you what is it that God which gave and then was blessed because of it. I would put it this way, God first gave his only begotten and beloved Son as ransom for the world and as a result HE gained (got) so many children through his only Son-Jesus Christ. Before giving his only Son, God had only one Son; but after He gave his Son for us, he gained a large number of sons. This truth can be found in the following verse written to the Hebrews (For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren) ” Heb 2:10 -11 . Is this not first giving and then receiving? Therefore it first worked for God. It also worked for Abraham.
It worked for Abraham
We can review our Bible in Genesis 22 and find out that Abraham sacrificed his only son Isaac on the altar to God, that was the foreshadow of Christ Jesus that shows the sacrifice which Jesus will do for the remission of sins for the whole world. By doing so Abraham was able to gain his son Isaac and through him many sons (the nation of Israel), not only this, but also blessed by God to be the father of all that are from the faith of him (according the epistle of Paul to Galatians). Hence the verse is really applicable, and indeed it must be because it is the Word of God. Christ Jesus declared that “heaven and earth will pass but my Word will never pass” Matt 24.35. We are also warned by the Apostle “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” Gal 6:7. And as we have seen Abraham sowed His son and reaped the whole nation of Israel out of Him. If you sow something you will reap it as long as the earth exists, because it is a principle put by God that can never be altered by any means.
The principle was also real for Jesus
The principle also became real when Jesus gave his twelve disciples (apostles) to the world and as a result of this he received a large number or rather millions of Christians, in other words, Jesus sent the twelve so that he might get more other disciples of his own. So let’s sow what we have in our hands, and then we will get far more blessed. Jesus also gave his own life so that all those that believe in His name might get eternal life in and through Him. This is also the principle in work. If Jesus would have not given his life in our behalf we could not have gotten this new life; that is, we have the new life of God because of Jesus’ sacrificial love and death on the cross. Blessed be the name of Jesus who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: Gal 1:4. Amen.
Can this principle work for me?
The answer is candidly yes! Why not! It will surely work for you. But you might ask me what is that I should give and saw? And to whom shall I give? Fine good question! Let’s see this together. First let us be frank that it is not only money that we should give. I am saying this because when it comes to giving, people always think of money. But now I am not going to ask you to give money to God or other people. For this is known if you have money you must give, if you don’t you will not be blessed farther. What are the other things that we have to give? They are love, patience, forgiveness, mercy, care, affection, good news (gospel), pity, counsel, time and so on so forth. These are the main things that people need from us. That’s why Jesus has said “do unto other as you want to do to you”. We should not withhold all these significant things, which are the fruits of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us, from our brethren and neighbors. If we give cheerfully then the heavenly principle will work for us. By this I mean if you love your neighbor you will be blessed with a far greater love from him in his response to your love. And this is the result of your love-gift. And we can say the same thing for all the other things that we are supposed to give. This is what the Bible says and teaches “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” Gal 6:9, “And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” Heb 1.16. Forget not this principle stands as long as the world exists. Don’t think it will fail you if you dare to do it. How God longs to see all of his people understand this principle and live by it.
Key Points: Giving, receiving, principle of God’s word, eternity of God’s word
Prayer: dear heavenly father remind me always to do the principles of your word and I thank you for establishing your word for eternity. In Jesus name! Amen.