Recently, there have been several circumstances in my life that have allowed me to bless others. One incident happened just last week. There was a need that came to my awareness and it was apparent almost immediately that my family should step in to lend a hand. Someone asked me if I had prayed about it and it dawned on me that many of us miss out on opportunities because we hesitate to be a blessing by using the excuse that we need to pray about it first. This does not mean that we shouldn’t pray on things before we do them, but we can get too wrapped up in trying to use our reasoning to figure things out rather than trusting that “tug” that was placed on our heart. Sometimes we know immediately what we should do and choose to fight ourselves or God over it. Many times this battle ends in us missing out on being able to be a blessing to another.
There are times when we need to check ourselves and be sure of our motive before we offer to be a blessing to another, but there are those times that our hesitation will cost us an opportunity. Do we really think that if we step out in faith to be a blessing to another that God is going to punish us in some way? Or more likely, are we considering what we will have to give up so that we may be a blessing to another? As Joyce Meyer says, “What about me?” Sometimes we need to count the cost, but many times we know all too clearly that we should step up and offer help regardless of the cost.
Maybe instead of thinking about what we have to sacrifice to help another we should consider the long-term blessings that come to us from the character building of giving to another when it means a sacrifice on our part. We’ve all heard the saying “it’s better to give than receive”. Do we really understand what this truly means? Giving when it’s a sacrifice can be a truly amazing experience. 1 John 3:16-18 “16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. 17 But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his brother in need and closes his heart against him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18 ‘Little children, let us not love with word or with tongue, but in deed and truth’.”
When we give without expecting something in return we are giving the way Jesus did. He gave us the free gift of salvation at tremendous cost to himself. He gave this gift freely and gave us the ability to choose to accept it or to reject it. That’s the beauty of true giving. We would all be much happier if we would learn to give as God gives to us.
Today, I choose to give freely to others. How about you?