Do you keep the circle of blessing turning towards others?
I have coveted no man’s silver, or gold, or apparel. Yea, ye yourselves know, that these hands have ministered unto my necessities, and to them that were with me. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. (Acts 20:33-35 KJV)
Paul was leading the Ephesian church by example; not asking church leaders to do something he was not willing to do for himself or for others. Paul worked hard in the tent making trade to support his own self as he taught church leaders precepts from God’s Word; not relying solely upon the church to support his own daily needs.
God expects us to not lean heavily upon others and our brothers and sisters for our own needs but be a giver towards the needs of others; keeping the circle of blessing flowing towards others who are in need.
The leaders of this church were being reminded by Paul that it was God’s great sacrificial example of giving for others and with the same stream He meets and often greatly exceeds our necessities.
Through His great providence we can further assist meeting the needs of others in the spiritual family of God and lovingly supporting those in need who are living at the end their own natural attempt living outside the parameters of God’s spiritual family.