September 29, 2006 print_code Print this lesson

Joyful living requires giving.

It seems in today's world that most people are selfish and self-centered, focusing only on what benefits them. This kind of thinking claims that the more you have, the more you accumulate, and the more attention you receive, the happier your life will be.

Yet, most of the time, such selfishness only makes a person more depressed than ever. This is because when you focus only on yourself, you'll always want more, and you'll never be satisfied with what you have. On the flip side, if you live focused on how you can bless others and serve them, then God will give you joy.

It is no surprise, therefore, that Jesus said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35).

Remember, Christ is our example on how we should be living, in (John 13:1-17) He is seen washing his disciples' feet; he sets an example by humbly giving himself to his disciples. Then, in (John 13:17), Jesus tells them, "Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them." In other words, you will be blessed, which in the Greek has the meaning of being happy, if you give and serve others. The Bible makes it clear that joyful living requires giving.