It is also good to receive

It is good for us to develop and have the spirit of giving. Giving helps others and it’s one way we put smiles on people’s faces. Being able to share knowledge, offer some money, give up a room, help someone with groceries, give a hug, give a shoulder for some else to lean on. All of these if done often, will help our world become a better place to live in. Not only does giving bless others, it also blesses us because the bible says when we give, it comes back to us.

The bible does say it is better to give than to receive but it doesn’t say it is wrong to receive. It is wrong when we only know how to receive and not give.

Today’s post isn’t centered on giving but receiving. It’s important for us to remind ourselves of the benefits of receiving especially when you are someone who people always expect to receive from. If you are in any ministry of any kind, it becomes normal for you to be the one speaking, teaching, counselling, educating, nurturing, rebuking, encouraging and supporting. These gifts almost becomes a default response especially when it has been done for a long time. When this has become a second nature, it’s easy to forget the benefits of being the recipients of blessings in these manner. It becomes a bit challenging to sit in a room and not speak; to be taught and nurtured. This often times results in exhaustion as the pressure to keep giving becomes high. When the demand becomes high, pride and exhaustion sets in.

We need to remind ourselves that we need to learn more than we teach. We shouldn’t always be the ones speaking. We need to be encouraged and supported too. We need to be loved on too. We need to be nurtured and counselled too. We need to be rebuked and corrected too. If we don’t learn the concept of receiving, the well we draw from will dry up some day and we will burn out.

May we be humble enough to receive so we don’t burn out.

 

 

41 thoughts on “It is also good to receive

  1. Yep, JUST WHAT YOU SAID……The Lord told me this very thing a week ago. He taught me that He’s situated people along our paths to give to us as well, and when this opportunity comes, to not quench the Spirit through which it comes. Much like our blessings are attached to our obedience in giving, so are others. Pride sometimes tries to raise up, but we mustn’t let it rob us of some of God’s divine blessings….

    WOW! Have Your way in our lives Lord…

    Teach me, O Lord, the way of Your statutes,
    And I shall keep it to the end.
    34 Give me understanding, and I shall keep Your law;
    Indeed, I shall observe it with my whole heart.
    35 Make me walk in the path of Your commandments,
    For I delight in it.
    36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies,
    And not to covetousness.
    37 Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
    And revive me in Your way.
    38 Establish Your word to Your servant,
    Who is devoted to fearing You.
    39 Turn away my reproach which I dread,
    For Your judgments are good.
    40 Behold, I long for Your precepts;
    Revive me in Your righteousness…Psalms 119:33-40

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  2. Amen! If it is more blessed to give than receive, then when we refuse to accept what is offered to us (and you’re right, pride is often the reason.) we are denying someone else that blessing of being the giver.
    Thanks for giving to ME today. The teacher was the student. 😉

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  3. Very good post Efua. “The bible does say it is better to give than to receive but it doesn’t say it is wrong to receive. It is wrong when we only know how to receive and not give.” Hit it right on the nail.

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  4. A few years ago I wrote an article entitle “The Season for Receiving” during the Christmas Season. I know it was kind of “cheeky” of me to bait people that way, but it went along the lines of your teaching! Yes, yes, we ALL need to be able to learn, to listen to feel like we are gaining something and not always giving! The Lord is gracious that way and thus the varying and diverse gifts of ministry! I HAVE been doing this for a long, long time, but have found so much nourishment AND inspiration from others still at my age. If we think we have learned it all at any time in our lives, then true life is over! God bless, this was a GREAT post and so true!!

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  6. Amen Efua. Yes sometimes it’s so easy to give when you are used to being the one who gives. God sends helpers our way in so many ways. We must learn to receive too. Thank you for this reminder 😊

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