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GIVING OURSELVES Delwin B. Schneider
 
We must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said” “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35b (NIV)
 
Paul addressed these words to the overseers of the church at Ephesus on his way to Jerusalem. His life was an open book to them. He had served the Lord steadfastly in spite of trials and sorrows. He did not hold back, even though he was a “prisoner already in Spirit” as he made his way to Jerusalem. His arrival there would mean more imprisonment and more persecution.
 
But his life was not to be wasted on words—enough of words! His life was actively bearing witness—to the lost, the least, and the lowliest–that the relationship between us and God has been healed.
 
Are we wasting our lives on words? Do we see the broken and the weak among us? Are we adding to the world’s problems, or are we part of the solution? Paul is an example of one who was able to help the weak in accordance with Jesus’ saying: “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”