Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Art of Receiving

God doesn’t sow sparingly. That would to be to contradict His nature, and He who can nothing but give abundantly will therefore never reap sparingly. He gives as He has decided in His heart, never reluctantly or under any compulsion. God is a cheerful giver, and thus He is able to make all grace abound to us, so that we at all times have sufficiency in all things. He is the one who supplies seed to the sower and who will multiply our seed to increase the harvest of our righteousness (2 Cor 6:9-11).
He requires from us nothing but Himself so that the seed He has lavished upon us we cheerfully disperse and when we as His image give abundantly, from what we already plentifully have been given, more will be given us. He gives richly so that we are provisioned to supply copiously in all things. We can never outgive God, and we can never give anything apart from what we have received. That is the nature of giving. We first receive and then we give. Our inner teacher thus works mightily in us to teach us how to receive and how to recognize what we already are given.
Giving isn’t confined to the realm of money only. It covers every area of our existence, since all things originate in God. “That is why the primary function of all creation, animate and inanimate, is receptivity. Your basic function, and mine, is the same – simply to receive” (Norman Grubb). Every day we behold this principle demonstrated in nature. All things in nature spring to life because what nature receives it utilizes to spontaneously and naturally produce fruit, colors, fragrances etc each according to its own unique kind.

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