To Give or to Receive?


Hands opening to reveal a gift.

We’ve all heard the saying, “It’s better to give than to receive” and yet, most of us love to receive things. Who doesn’t look forward to getting a gift at Christmas or receiving the reward for a meritorious achievement? We all like to receive things that delight us, but as Christians, our greatest desire should be to give. So, why is it better to give than to receive?

The Bible tells us in John 3:16 that God loved us so much He gave His own Son to take on our sins, suffer the punishment that we deserved, and then die for them in our place. Then, after Jesus had destroyed sin and death by His shed blood, God raised Him from the dead! Now Jesus is alive and is seated at His Father’s right hand in Heaven.

Jesus gave His life for everyone, but only those who know they are sinners and in need of a Savior, and who repent of their sins and accept His salvation will actually be cleansed and filled with God’s Holy Spirit. This is called being born again, as we no longer belong to this world because we’ve been redeemed back to God, our Heavenly Father. We are no longer under the curse of the law, awaiting the punishment like the sinners because we have accepted Christ who became a curse for us.

unspeakable giftGod gave us the greatest gift in human history—His Son! This is why we celebrate Christmas, even though Jesus, who is the Lamb of God, was actually born in the spring when all the lambs were born. We celebrate God’s gift to us. There is no gift, no reward, no incentive that this world could possibly think up that would come remotely close to the gift that God gave to us the day Jesus was born.

And this gift grew up and became our Savior. He died in our place and gave us life. God’s gift to us gave us eternal life with Him!

As Christians, we have received all that we need to live, enjoy life and follow God. If we need something, we ask God because now He hears and answers our prayers since there is no sin between us and God. When we are saved and have Christ’s righteousness flowing through us, there is nothing more that we could ever want or need because, when God is for us, who can be against us?

We spend our life praising God and thanking Him for His love and for sending Jesus to us and saving us from the wages of sin. But in our hearts, we want to give something back to God, but what can we give Him? The only gift we can offer God is our lives. We accept Jesus as our Savior, and God our Father is happy. There is nothing that will make Him happier because we accepted His gift and we have returned Home to Him!

However, we can show our love to God by obeying His commandments. We aren’t under the law anymore because sin has been removed from us, but the law becomes written in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who continually teaches us and ministers to us through the Scriptures. So we begin to “give” by studying the Scriptures to know God so that we can love Him and praise Him—and obey Him.

I will provideGod equips us with everything we need to fulfill the calling that He has on each one of us. We will be given diverse talents and have different challenges, but all for the same purpose, and that is to share the gospel with others so they, too, can be forgiven of their sins and receive His salvation. So we give all we can to help others find Jesus. This is our gift back to God. We do it through obedience (Mark 16:15), but we do it because we love Him.

Jesus gave us the greatest gift imaginable, and nothing that anyone can give us in this world will ever top this gift. It was given to us out of love, and so out of love, we will gladly share it with others as God lives through us! So, as we wait for Jesus to call us Home, it’s better to give the message of God’s gift to as many as we can, than it is to focus on things that we can receive from this world. And so, it is better to give than to receive.

freely

 

 

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