By the age of 65, the average American will have watched two million commercials, all of them declaring the meta narrative that “if you buy our product, you will be a happier person.” The pursuit of money, wealth and what it can buy is absolutely integral to the American experience, yet it is the exact opposite of what Jesus taught about the human experience.
Jesus made some pretty outlandish statements in his life: that He was God, that He was the light of the world, that no one could know God other than through Him. Pretty over-the-top statements. The reason we worship Jesus and follow His teaching isn’t necessarily because His statements sound nice or even make sense. Much of His teaching is counter-intuitive and sometimes it’s just downright controversial. The reason we take with authority the words of Jesus is for one reason and one reason only: Jesus predicted his own death and resurrection from the dead, and then he pulled it off. The only guy in history to do that. If someone can predict their own death and resurrection and then actually pull it off, it makes sense to just go with whatever he says.
Tucked away in the book of Acts, we see one such outlandish statement from Jesus:
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Acts 20:35
More than just an odd statement, Jesus knew exactly what he was talking about. Here are five ways that giving back makes you a happier person.