MANY PEOPLE are excited when they receive a financial, material or verbal gift. While there’s nothing wrong in receiving gifts, but we should rather be more excited to give than receive.
I have shewed you all things, how that so laboring 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 20:35
WHAT ARE YOUR when it comes to giving and receiving? The Bible says there is more value, and more blessing, in giving, than in receiving. Is it wrong to receive? Of course, it is not. Receiving is not a negative quality in itself; however, it turns to a negative quality the moment it becomes a one-sided exercise.
The Bible doesn’t teach about receiving as a one-sided exercise; but rather, receiving is supposed to be complemented with giving. Secondly, receiving turns to a negative quality that erodes value, when it becomes a consuming attitude that overshadows your giving responsibilities.
In this case, you expect to receive from everybody, while you don’t expect anybody to receive from you. Anywhere you find people who are non-givers, but mere receivers, they always create tension in the atmosphere!
Any church where people have come to receive but bring nothing to give to God and others, is always under tension and stress.
CONFESSION: In Jesus Name, I am a constant giver of good things both in cash and kind. I have one of God’s attributes which is giving. I am always more willing to give than to receive.