My mom always told me it’s better to give than receive. Giving—whether a gift, an encouraging word, monetary help, or sacrificing time—fills the heart with joy. It not only points others to God, it is a suitable response to what God has done for us.
We want to return the favor when something is done for us. God gave lavishly—His one and only Son, Jesus. He tells us there’s nothing we can do to earn His favor. The most important thing we can do is receive His precious gift of salvation. Receiving is twofold: when we receive, we get something, but we also give the giver the great gift of acceptance. That’s why it’s better to receive than to give.
What I’ve found is, it’s easier to give than receive. I struggle with accepting things from other people. Not too long ago, I received a very heart-felt gift from a dear friend. She planned a surprise spa day for my birthday. It was expensive, indulging, and I was certain she couldn’t afford it. But she was so joyful to give it to me. All I could think of was, She can’t afford this, but she chooses to to do this special thing just for me. Yet, the only proper response was to simply thank her and receive her generous gift.
Receiving from someone is tough for me. Can you relate? It’s difficult for me to accept complements, I have a hard time asking for help, and I certainly don’t welcome criticism. It’s often painful to accept from another. But being a follower of Jesus means that whether it’s help I need, receiving a present, or asking a friend to hold up the mirror of truth, I must be able to receive.
So practice with me, will you? Let’s give generously. And let’s receive with grace and humility, giving the giver the gift of acceptance.
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