‘Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ – Acts 20:34-35
LIGHT FOR THE NOW: Love goes alongside with sacrifices.
The Four-Gospel otherwise known as the Synoptic Gospel partly contains Jesus’ teachings on Giving. The Apostle Paul summarized Christ’s teachings on Giving this way: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ Paul reminded them of the need to support the weak. The word ‘WEAK’ in Greek Language is ‘ASTHENEO’ and it means ‘SOMEONE THAT IS FEEBLE; ONE WHO DOES NOT HAVE THE STRENGTH TO WALK, STAND OR MOVE’. Paul’s instruction in the verses above is that we should support only the weak. If you are not the Weak as thus defined, it is an error to assume such a title. It is the responsibility of every believer to work and support the weak. It is defamatory to the personality of our Father Christ if a believer acts a destitute! This is because a believer is redeemed, anointed (enabled) to function as a king and priest (Revelation 1:6)!
Paul played an exemplary role in the place of supporting those in need. The Missionary stated that his hands have ministered to his necessities. Though a traveling minister, Apostle Paul was not a nuisance to others, rather, he was an industrious preacher of the gospel. Despite the fact that the church supported him and his ministry, he was a tent-maker and a lawyer by profession. Paul did not only attend to his needs; he also met the needs of others, who were the young ministers who actively supported his work and whom he addressed ‘sons’. As a Spiritual Father, Paul groomed them, and also cared for their physical and material needs. Timothy was one of them (2 Timothy 2:1).
Apart from the Apostle Paul, other Apostles placed emphasis on giving. Apostle John observed that the Love of God is evident in giving. ‘This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person?’ (1 John 3:16-17). The gift of Christ to the world is the expression of the love of God. Love births sacrifices. You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving. You must of a necessity back up your claims of love with gifts!
INSTRUCTION:Back up your claims of love with gifts.
Prayer:Father, I thank you for the gift of Christ, in Jesus Name!
QUOTE: You can give without loving, but you can never love without giving.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: LEVITICUS CHAPTER 19; EVENING: 1 CORINTHIANS CHAPTER 15