Over the last couple decades, research has indicated what the Bible has long revealed about the powerful principles of giving and serving. There are many social and health benefits of serving/volunteering - be a giver! Those who serve and give of their time and talents are more likely to feel connected to others. Their sense of purpose and value is increased. They find satisfaction and joy in making a difference in people’s lives, in their communities, and in the world. They discover that giving is more rewarding than receiving. The benefits are invaluable and incomparable. Jesus said it is better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35). He also told us that He came to serve and to give His life (Mark 10:35). Throughout the gospels, we read about Jesus serving and giving. He modeled the life of a servant, always giving, teaching, healing, helping, encouraging people.
Be a Giver - Be Like God
God is a Giver of life, blessings and all good things. He gave us His only begotten Son so that we would not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16). He gave us the Holy Spirit who is always with us. God loves a cheerful giver, and we are encouraged to give and serve others with a cheerful heart. The Bible also says that when we give, we get back even more. This may not make sense in the world’s system, but it is a foundational spiritual law in the kingdom of God and His promise to us. Not only is it rewarding to give and makes a positive difference, but it also releases God’s abundance and blessing in our lives.
Whether it’s a smile, our time, uplifting words, finances, a helping hand, gifts or talents, support, or hope we all have something to give. And we all have been given talents and skills to use and develop. However, the gifts God gives us are not meant to be buried or used only for ourselves. We are to give and bless others with them. Someone needs what we have to give. If we make an effort to be conscious of needs and where we can give, we will never run out of opportunities. There is always a need to be met even if it is simply a compliment, a note of gratitude, or a kind gesture.
Give, Give, Give
We can never out-give God. So, if we want to experience an abundance of His many blessings, all we must do is give, give, give! Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. (Luke 6:38) And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35) You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. (2 Corinthians 9:7) “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” (Malachi 3:10) Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. (Galatians 6:7) Freely you have received, freely give. (Matthew 10:8) Anyone who wants to be my disciple must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me. (John 12:26)
Make yourself a blessing to someone. Your kind smile or pat on the back just might pull someone back from the edge. ~Carmelia Elliot
Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. ~Bill Bradley
The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer someone else up. ~Mark Twain
He who praises another enriches himself far more than he does the one praised. To praise is an investment in happiness. The poorest human being has something to give that the richest could not buy. ~George Matthew Adams
Today's post is written by Krystal Kuehn, author of Giving Thanks: Why It Makes You Happy, Fills You with Peace & Changes Your Life!. Krystal is a psychotherapist, best-selling author, teacher, musician and songwriter. Krystal specializes in helping people live their best life now, reach their full potential, overcome barriers, heal from their past, & develop a happiness lifestyle. Her inspirational and empowering approach has been helping people all over the world for over 20 years. Her books, articles, poetry, and songs have been published locally and internationally. Krystal has a passion for encouraging others. She believes everyone has untapped potential for greatness, and everyone can live a life of fulfillment and true happiness.