Minister’s Corner

David Campbell, pastor Buck Grove Baptist Church

Some time back I asked some of our folk at church what their go to verses were that helped them and meant a lot to them. One of our older gentlemen told me that Acts 20:35 was such a verse for him. It reads, “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.” These words were spoken by the Apostle Paul to the Ephesian elders. This was the last time he spoke to them, and he knew it would be. For that reason, these words are emphasized. Out of all the things he could have said to them these words are what he did say. He told them to remember what Jesus said. The words that this dear man in our church was referring to are “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” This is the only place in the Bible we have this saying of Jesus recorded. Jesus did not say that there is no blessing when you receive. Often we are blessed greatly when we receive. Yet Jesus states that an even greater blessing comes to us when we give. He says that “It is more blessed.” When we receive what we need from the Lord however he chooses to dispense it to us, we are indeed blessed. However, there is even greater blessing when we give to those in need. Let us reflect upon what an amazing thing it is to receive something good from the Lord’s bounty to meet a pressing need that we may have. How elated we are, how grateful we are, how overwhelmed we are at such kindness from our Lord. Then let us take to heart that there is even greater blessing for us in being on the giving end. That is where it takes faith to really believe these words of Jesus. May God give us grace to believe and love to obey. Oh, what blessings await those who do!

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