Learn to Receive

Hey everyone,

How do we feel when we receive gifts from people? Are we excited? Do we feel valued and appreciated? Or do we simply think that we need to return the favor? A lot of people would not agree with this last part at first, but the truth is, we sometimes feel that way when we receive a gift from someone. You then start to count down to the person’s birthday so we can return the favor. I know I fall into that category. A lot of times, I receive gifts and I can’t wait for when I can return the favor. So, I make a mental note in my head to take out time to get the person something special. I never noticed this until quite a few of my friends started to point out the fact that I do not know how to accept gifts. When someone tries to go out of their to get me something, I apparently know how to cover up and change the subject. Now, I’m not saying that this is a bad thing, but sometimes we apply this logic to God too.
    How many times are we considerate of God? Hold your horses, let me explain. Why do we assume that God is going out of His way to bless us? We now start to negotiate when we want things from God. We start to say things like: “Oh God, I understand that you need to cater to the needs of about 7 billion people in the world. So, could you please just give me a job right now. The house and car can wait till you circle back to me.” What an insult. Let me give you the definition of Omnipresent==> of God) present everywhere at the same time and Omnipotent==> having unlimited power; able to do anything. 

That kind of thinking, where we try to consider how God can meet all our needs defeats the purpose of His name. That definition says that He has unlimited powers to do anything.Because God knows things like this would come up for us, that is why He already told us about it. Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-NIV-23328G" data-link="(G)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”> to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:9-11). The more I think of this, the more interesting I find it to be. Let me use myself as an example. I’m from a family of seven kids, where everyone seems to like book…hehehe. Anyways, most times, tuition is due at about the same time. I know that it there is a need to be considerate right? But that does not mean I would tell my dad not to pay my tuition or send money for accommodation. In short, if my allowance is due then, he would send it at the same time. If I could think that my father could pay for those things and still do the same for my siblings, then I would really be naive to think that God cannot take care of the needs of all of His children. I mean, even my dad does not do it by himself because “n
ot that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; (2 Corinthians 3:5). 

We need to learn to receive gifts just as much as we need to give gifts. Doesn’t that just sound cool? Has a nice ring to it doesn’t it? Anyways, I have learnt to key in to Matthew 6:33. However, I have also learnt to believe in Phillipians 4:19. So right now, I am beginning to flow in God’s love as I have assurance that my needs are met. I have also come to see Matthew 6:33 as my “cash cow.”
Love,
Mz_Ola.
P:S: As I have now learnt to start receiving gifts properly, let them start rolling in.😁

7 Comments Add yours

  1. I used to feel that way towards accepting gifts from people too. Matthew 7:9-11 really enlightened me that God is forever able to meet our needs. Nice write up dear.

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  2. I'm glad you find it interesting. Thanks for reading

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  3. Quite interesting piece. 2 Corinthians 3:5 is one of my favourite scripture, saw me through Uni, but sometimes I forger and start worrying. I also don't know how to receive gifts, so I have work to do. Wumzi send me gift so I can practice 😉

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  4. Finding the right words form the Bible helps a lot. Thanks for reading

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  5. PRINCESS!!!!!!!! Thanks for reading hun. Yeah, that verse is wonderful.

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  6. Keep up the good work.

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