Posted August 26, 2013
35 help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
These were some of the words spoken by Paul to the Ephesian elders in Acts 20. He reminded them of the importance of us mimicking God in His care for the weak as well as His great generosity.
Help the weak
In Scripture we see God, who is infinitely strong, coming to the aid of the weak. We too, though imperfectly, should seek to do the same in whatever context God has placed us! Like the Good Samaritan, may we keep our eyes open and hands available to serve the downtrodden and oppressed. Christians should be a people of attentive eyes and helping hands.
Be generous in your giving
God is not a stingy God, but rather generous and benevolent in His ways. We are called to imitate His generosity in our lives. In this case, Paul quotes something that Jesus said that is not found anywhere in the Gospels. We know from John 21:25 that Jesus spoke many things that were not recorded in the four Gospels, and this apparently is one of them. We must be clear in observing that Jesus wasn’t saying that the recipients of generosity are less blessed, but rather that we should be a people who lean more toward helping others and less toward selfish gain. This generosity might be money, or it might simply be through giving generously of our time, efforts, and labor. The point is less about the perfect form of generosity and more that we are being characterized more and more by generosity in our lives.