WORKING TO GIVE NOT RECEIVE

In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” (Acts 20:35 ESV)

One of the main duties of husbands and fathers is work; hard work. One of the main reasons we do it is to take care of and help the weak. The Bible calls women “the weaker vessel.” I do not take this to have any negative connotations. I believe she is “weaker” in the sense of “delicate,” and “precious.” My wife is more breakable than I and so in that way I am to care for her as the weaker vessel.

Paul tells us Jesus taught that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Which means that I am not to be heading off to work every day so that I can accumulate piles of wealth so as to build my kingdom on earth. If I am able to provide for the weak (my family) with my vocation, I see no need to send my wife off to work so that I can “receive” her income into my pile to further and faster build my kingdom. I know this is a heart attitude. And I know that so much varies on individual situations. Yet I am to work to “give” to the needs of my family, not have them work so that I can “receive” more from them. Jesus said it is better for me to work so that I can give my wealth for the needs of the weak, and not for the weak to work so that I can use their wealth to provide for my needs. The tendency of having more wealth is that it moves more things from the “want” list to the “need” list.

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