Acts 20:33-35 “I have coveted no one’s silver or gold or clothes.
34 “You yourselves know that these hands ministered to my own needs and to the men who were with me.
35 “In everything I showed you that by working hard in this manner you must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Worldly minded people seldom understand the spiritual words of the Savior, and none are more misunderstood or maligned than the word’s that Paul reminds us of here.
We don’t know when Jesus spoke these words since they are not recorded or referenced in the gospels. We only know that His inspired apostle attests to these words, and used them to teach the church the proper view of material things: that is, sharing, not coveting and hoarding.
It is more blessed to give than to receive because…
…Christians view life and possessions are as things to do good with, not ends in themselves.to be accumulated.
…helping others is more valued than seeking our own pleasures.
…the spiritual is more important than the material.
…the ability to give means that we have been first blessed to have enough of something to share.
…it follows the example and pattern of our heavenly Father.
So let us seek every opportunity to give important things, both physical and spiritual. It is the blessed way.