“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring 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 20:35
The Lord loves a cheerful giver (2 Corinthians 9:7). There is a Biblical principle in giving and receiving. Because we have freely received many gifts from God, He expects us to freely give to others also, and when we do He in-turn blesses us again for our giving. So on our part it’s a double blessing. It is a true saying, that you can not out give God.
“He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.” – Proverbs 19:17
Christ came to be our savior, our teacher, and our example. The greatest example His life shown forth was that of total selflessness. Everything Jesus did, He did for others with no thought of gain for Himself and we ought to strive to do the same.
The world teaches you to put your hope, trust, and energy on earthly advancements, gains, titles, positions, attention, and possessions. God teaches the opposite, promising greater rewards in heaven for our selfless acts then we could ever hope to gain here on earth from our self promoting ones. As Christians our focus must be on God first, obeying His will no matter how humble or humbling it may be, and showing His love to others through kindness, charity, and compassion. This is done through giving to those in need, noting that not every need is the same. Some may need things (clothes, shoes, money, transportation), some may need love (compassion, a shoulder to cry on, open arms and open ears), some may need truth (council, instruction, or the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ which is the best of all the gifts we can give).
So when we pray, before we ask Him to meet our needs, we should first ask Him to reveal to us the needs of others that we might find occasion to help meet them. In doing this the needs of others will be met and in turn God will meet ours. Ask Him to give you His heart for people, to reveal to you their needs, and to provide you the opportunity to represent Him and be an answered prayer and expression of God’s love to others. Let us seek God more on how to be a blessing then on how to be blessed.
“Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Matthew 6:19-21
“Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.” – Hebrews 13:1-3