Thursday, January 15, 2015

RECEIVING

     My travelling buddy, Carolyn, drove the last five hours of our journey from Ontario, Canada to Colorado, U.S.A. through blowing snow. That was a gift. She also drove most of the rest of the way. We both love driving so maybe my giving up the wheel was a gift to her, but it also gave me time to read school assignments. I was blessed.

     Sometimes it can be hard to receive. In Acts 20:35 Paul quotes Jesus as saying, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." (NKJV) Often it is also easier. Our pride doesn't suffer on the giving end. It can when it's our turn to receive. From toddler to adult the familiar response is, "I can do it myself."

     From the moment Adam stepped out of line in Eden the battle was on. His decision gave the enemy the opening to disrupt the loving relationship between Father God and man. Adam knew he was wrong and immediately tried to justify his actions to the One who only wanted to protect him.

     Ever since, we humans have struggled to make things right ourselves -  some through religious exercises, some by good works. Still, the greatest need of our human condition is one we cannot meet ourselves.

     Father never stopped loving us,but guilt and condemnation kept us from receiving His love. What an amazing gift is offered through the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus to each one who can bury pride and be willing to receive.

     In Romans 5:18 Paul says, "as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life." (NKJV) Not only in giving, but also in receiving, there is great blessing. 

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