There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving
There is more happiness in giving than there is in receiving.—Acts 20:35.
Wednesday night we look how we as people, who have so much, should not have to look for our luck or happiness in gathering all material things.
We do find people who think they found God, get baptised, and than think everything is all-right and they should not do anything any more because they are saved by the sacrificial offering of Christ. They do forget that faith without works is dead.
26 Indeed, just as the body without spirit* is dead,+ so also faith without works is dead.+ (James 2:26)
When we are baptised, having chosen to go for God, we do need to keep in line with God His Will and with God His commandments. As we can see in several books of the Old Testament, there have been men of God who first walked in the line of God, but got tempted by worldly attractions. They let themselves be carried away. Some of them even did lost interest in the previous told and written down Words of God.
On Monday we saw (in the study readings of that day) how King Saul allowed selfish thinking and pride to develop, like corrosive rust.
Saul arrogantly built a monument to himself. (1 Sam. 15:3, 9) When the prophet Samuel told him that Jehovah was displeased, Saul tried to justify himself by focusing on the part of God’s command that he had obeyed and by blaming others for his error. (1 Sam. 15:16-21)
Saul’s experience shows that we cannot be complacent, assuming that if we previously showed a self-sacrificing spirit, we will automatically continue to manifest it. (1 Tim. 4:10)
Also Jeremiah’s secretary, Baruch, apparently forgot to focus on the right things. At one point in time, he was no longer enjoying Jehovah’s service. Jehovah told him:
“You are seeking great things for yourself. Stop seeking such things. For I am about to bring a calamity on all flesh, . . . and wherever you may go, I will grant you your life as a spoil.” (Jer. 45:3, 5)
Bear in mind that Saul did well and enjoyed God’s favour for a while, but he failed to root out selfish tendencies that began to take hold. Jehovah ultimately rejected Saul for his disobedience. (w14 3/15 1:9, 10) We too, when we soften our interest in God, give preference to worldly matters and become obedient to God, shall see that the small gate might be shut for us.
As we have seen last Thursday King David described the information needed to build a human body as being written in a figurative book. Speaking of Jehovah God, he said:
“Your eyes saw even the embryo of me, and in your book all its parts were down in writing, as regards the days when they were formed and there was not yet one among them.” (Ps. 139:16)
Which impression do you want to give to God? How do you want to present yourself in front of the heavenly Father, the Only One True God? do you think He shall love you more because you have gathered more material things in your life?
The son of God showed us a very good example of a life worth living in front of the eyes of God. Jeshua (Jesus) did not want to do his own will, but always tried to apply God’s commandments and to do God His Will. He did not look for treasures on earth and did not talk about the worldly wealth to be gathered on earth, but about the spiritual richness people had to strife for.
What sort of building do you want to construct? Do you want to be one of the many stones in the building or body of Christ?
Jesus enjoyed seeing meek people respond to the good news. (Luke 10:21; John 4:34)
Perhaps you have already experienced the happiness that results from helping others. If you base your major choices in life on the principles Jesus taught, you will surely bring happiness to yourself as well as to Jehovah.
11 Be wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice,+ So that I can make a reply to him who taunts me.+(Prov. 27:11)
Our greatest and most true happiness, comes from love and perfection which can receive the best foundation-stones from serving Jehovah, with all your heart. (Prov. 16:20)
What do you think? What would have made Baruch happy — seeking great things or surviving Jerusalem’s destruction as a faithful servant of God? — Jas. 1:12. (w14 1/15 3:10, 11)
As Christ’s slaves doing the Will of God in gratitude
Philippians 4:4–7 – Do Not Be Anxious
- Are you being swept along by the world
- Gone astray, away from God
- May reading the Bible provoke us into action to set our feet on the narrow way
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- Message to teenagers
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- Lonely in the crowd
- Leaving the Old World to find better pastures
- Not holding back and getting out of darkness
- Your position about materialistic desires having conquered the world
- The Art of Doing Less – Your Time is Finite
- Why “Selfishness” Doesn’t Properly Mean Being Shortsighted and Harmful to Others
- Material wealth, Submission and Heaven on earth
- Looking at a conservative review of Shop Class As Soul Craft
- For The Love of Stuff
- Learning that stuff is just stuff
- Watch out
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- To be prepared and very well oiled
- Thirst for happiness and meaning
- True happiness, love and perfection
- Spreading good cheer contagious
- Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past
- Joy: Foundation for a Positive Life
- God plays hide-n-seek?
- Commit your self to the trustworthy creator
- To Soar In The Spirit You Have To Be Hard Core
- Myth 12: The Hyper-Grace Gospel Makes People Lazy
- Let us become nothing, and Christ everything
- With all your heart
- God’s wrath and sanctification
- You shall howl in your latter end