More Blessed to Give

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

Something happens when we give. And the results can be surprising.

Charles Darwin, in fact, was so surprised by the impact of giving that he is said to have questioned his own findings. As the developer of the theory of evolution, Darwin believed in “survival of the fittest.” His belief was that, ultimately, we do everything for our own benefit. But he could not doubt the impact of giving. This seemed to defy logic. Why, he wondered, would people willingly give away their own possessions? And why were the results so beneficial?

Many studies have confirmed scientifically the impact of giving. One recent university study concluded that when people give they want others to have a good opinion of them.

Similarly, another university studied 846 people to see the impact of giving. After twelve months, those who helped someone else “showed significantly less stress than those who had not.” Continuing to monitor these people, five years later the conclusion was that giving prolonged life. Yes, giving can reduce stress, and lead to longer life.

The Bible simply tells us that “it is more blessed to give than to receive.” This theme runs throughout the Bible. It is expressed through the principle of Seedtime and Harvest, which will last “as long as the earth remains” (Genesis 8:22).

It was taught by Jesus when He said, “Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over” (Luke 6:38).

This principle applies to every form of giving. Our time, talent, and resources.

Do you want to experience more blessings? Apply the Bible’s promise: Give. Sow into others with the Seed that God has given you. Give out of a heart of compassion. Expect Him to pour out His blessings on you.