Winston Churchill reportedly said, “we
make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” According to
Churchill then, our lives are defined less by what we have gotten and more by
what we give away.
Our Lord’s life is defined in this
way. He gave completely of Himself for us. He became man for us. He taught the
truth of God’s Word. He healed those with many and various diseases. He died the
death that we deserve because of sin. He gave of Himself in order to save us
from sin, death, and hell. So it is that by giving completely of Himself, He
got us for Himself, making us citizens of His eternal kingdom by grace.
As it was for Jesus, so it is also for
us. We get more from giving than we do from simply getting. Giving softens our
hearts and frees us from the worries of this world and making a living. For
when we are singularly focused on making a living, we are singularly focused on
what we get.
That mindset begins to bleed into all
areas of our lives – our relationships with friends and family, with neighbors
and coworkers, and with the Lord. It shifts our focus from asking “How can I be
a friend, family member, neighbor, and servant to others?” to “What have they
done for me lately?” We become more selfish instead of selfless.
But, when we give, we do not have less,
and we do not become less. We have more and become more. Because when we give,
we join in the bond of friendship and family, the bond of service to those
around us out of love for them. And love is the fulfillment of the Law. It is
the nature of God Himself, for God is Love. Thus, we are participating in the
divine nature. As Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive”