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
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.