The Classic One Two Punch
It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35
The most lethal blow a man can give discontentment is a strong purpose for living. That is why part of the Holy Spirit’s mission in your life is to keep you chasing God’s purpose. You can’t ask for better instruction. Paul tells Timothy the secret of the one-two-punch, warns him not to seek contentment outside of God, by seeking contentment of self by chasing the buck. He teaches Timothy a life of godliness and a life of giving.
Sacrificial giving of time, finances, and skills to help others and further God’s purposes in the world breaks the power of materialism and bring us in touch with our brothers and ourselves. Paul was in the habit of not neglecting the poor; specifically, by taking up collections and personally delivering them. This was part of the Holy Spirit’s work in his life, teaching him to be content in all circumstances. The poor taught him to answer the question: What do I really need?
This all seems so simple; we have heard it many times, others versus self. Hearing it and doing it are two different things. Paul struggled with this as a Christian in Romans 7. Paul was showing his discontent when he exposed himself and the struggle that goes on within himself. He knew the difference between right and wrong, especially because of his background. He was so frustrated because he could see the losing battle he was fighting. He then reveals the answer to his dilemma in Romans 8. He will never be able answer this. The light bulb goes on, the law of measurement is defeated. No more comparison, it’s over. God relieves the pressure of being good enough. Live a life of godliness and gratitude by giving.
Father, thank you for giving, and teaching me to give.