What do I mean by a giver and a taker? A giver is someone who is always serving, always giving their time, always involved in the life and activities of the church. A giver is a person whose life is built around the idea that contributing to the life and welfare of others is more important that taking from it.

So the opposite is true of a taker. They are always coming to church for what they can get out of it. They are only looking for someone to make them feel better, feel a little more mature in the faith, and put a Band-Aid on their broken life. The problem with being a taker is they are always taking someone’s time, always taking someone’s energy, and always requiring more of others than they are willing to give back. 

What an interesting question to ask ourselves, “Am I a giver or a taker?” Now I want you to apply that question to several different areas of life.

#1 – Church: Am I making this church better by my contributions? Am I making the worship of others better? Am I helping them more than they are helping me?

#2 – Family: Am I making my family better by the things I do? Am I making their life easier or harder? Am I contributing more to them than they are to me?

#3 – Community: Am I making this community a better place by being here? Am I making their lives better? Or worse? Am I concerned about those who would be neighbors to me?

The answers to these questions are hard to handle because they help us see what we are really doing in life, in church, and in our families?

Matthew 6:24 ““No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

This reminds us that we cannot serve God and ourselves at the same time, we must choose one or the other.

Matthew 20:25–28 “But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.””

This reminds us that Jesus made the world a better place because he served us. He came to serve, to be a giver and not a taker. The real question for us is, “What about me?”