I think that the main idea of this comic strip is to put aside any kinds of rules that might be stuck in your mind about gifts and giving. You may even want to check way back and deep down. (I know I did!)
It wasn’t until I had a “Words Of Christ In Red” Bible that this next verse really stood out. It’s in the middle of what seems like page after page of black text except for some words that Jesus said to Paul.
…remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35 (KJV)
The other thing that makes these words stand out for me, besides being surrounded by all of that black text, is that it is not a direct quote in the context of events. The writer of Acts is reminding us of what Jesus said, perhaps because these words are not found in the four gospel accounts.
When it comes to giving and gifts, I think that the reason you’re more blessed when you give than when you receive is because when you are giving, you are acting like Our Heavenly Father. He gives abundantly those things which are good for us and which glorify Him.
What does Our Heavenly Father see when we are more desperately enthusiastic to give than to receive? Hmm…That’s when I think we look a lot like Jesus.
I know this probably sounds simplistic and way too much like a children’s Sunday School lesson, but it’s something that I needed to remind myself of this morning. Maybe I will have more astute and “adult” content tomorrow? Please bear with me! Caleb Joseph is doing his best to convince his mother that a chemistry set would be both good for him (help him to be a Junior Inventor) and glorify God (by doing using it in a Sunday School lesson). I’m afraid I see way too much of myself in Caleb Joseph today!