Author: Nicole Reynozo
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
Acts 20:35 (NIV)
Skim through any social media posts and you will see all kinds of people who feel they are blessed. Got a new luxury car? #blessed. Gym selfie? #blessed. Eating an organic waffle? #blessed. And yet when I read the red letters in the Bible, I don’t think this is what Jesus meant when he talked about those who are blessed. Instead, He reminds us that giving is better than receiving. And yet most times, when I am asking God for His blessings, it’s not for me to have the opportunity to give. It’s so I can receive.
"...Giving is better than receiving."
I’ll never forget the day when God told my husband and me to give our car away. Not just an extra car we had lying around like an old sweater. It was a nice car that we loved, used every day to go to work, and used for vacations. We toyed with the idea for a few months. How would we get to work? How would we go camping? How would we stay in ministry? But soon, we were bombarded with so much confirmation that we knew it was time to let go. And so, with sweaty palms, we handed over the keys to our paid off car to the family God had shown us. I still get choked up thinking about their disbelief; that God knew at that moment exactly what they needed.
"God told my husband and me to give our car away."
As scary as that moment was, it was truly one of the best days of my life. I had lived Acts 20:35 on a larger scale than I ever had before, but I had to let go of something in order to be blessed. During this fast, I encourage you to seek God about what He’s asking you to give up in order to live a blessed life. It doesn’t have to be giving up your money or material things. Many times, God asks us to give up a toxic relationship, substance, distraction, or fear as these all can separate us from His perfect plan and will for our lives. It’s a math equation that doesn’t make sense, but giving is one of the greatest ways to receive a truly #blessed life.
I will give my time, talents, and resources to the people and organizations that God puts in my path. I will give God anything that doesn’t align with His plan and purpose for my life, and I receive every blessing that He has for my life so that I may continue to be a blessing to those around me.