Acts 20:35 – ‘In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’’’
Paul made a point of working whilst teaching people about Christ. He didn’t want to be a burden to people around him, and so worked to bring in income and help to support himself, even as he invested so much energy in teaching others about Christ.
I don’t want to be a burden to anyone financially. Why rely on someone else’s provision when I am in a position to earn money myself? I believe God gives us skills and abilities to use so that we can earn income to support ourselves and our families.
When Paul was teaching others about Christ, many wouldn’t have blamed him for receiving provisions from people around him. However, he didn’t want to have anyone focus on this and be negative toward him. Instead, he chose to work and to teach about Christ so that he couldn’t be accused of being lazy or a freeloader.
More Blessed to Give than to Receive
As wealthy Christians, we should desire to work. Although we may not need to work a typical 9 – 5 job, we do need to work. If we are in a financial position where we don’t need to earn income, great! Focus on the fact that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Work to bless others.
Work to provide a kind word to others, food for others, and hospitality for others. Know that it is more blessed to give than to receive. If you are in a position to do so, then bless others!
You can be a blessing to God and to others by having a good work ethic. In everything that you do, do it for the Lord.
Financial tip – setting up an offset account for your mortgage means that any money you have left over for the week or that is put aside to pay upcoming bills can be sitting against your mortgage debt and keeping your interest down. It’ll save you thousands in the long run.
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