For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. 1 Timothy 4:4-5, NIV
We may hear many times during this Christmas season the Scripture from Acts 20:35, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” But I would like to point out how blessed we are to receive as well. Think about the many things we have received from God: life, mercy, grace, love, patience, and salvation through the life and blood of His only Son. What else can you name? He has certainly lavished us with gifts!
Have you ever refused a gift from God? Have you ever refused His generosity? Have you ever not opened a “gift” from Him? Think about it. Have any of you ever put limits or had a “hands off” attitude towards God in an area of your life? Have you ever said “no” when God asked you to do something? Have you ever refused His guidance when He has clearly advised you? Have you ever received something that you first felt was a “curse” but you now call it a gift?
Consider some of the many gifts God has given to you. How can each of us carry out the attribute of being a receiver of His gifts in our daily environments (classroom, hallways, meetings, cafeteria, office, etc.)?
May we all know how to receive from Your hand, Oh Lord. Thank you for Your great love for us. May we bless You as we celebrate the coming of Your dear Son. Amen.
Copyright Kathy Branzell.
Kathy has a heart for encouraging Christian educators and currently serves as the President of the National Day of Prayer Task Force. Prior to this role, she was the founder and president of Fellowship and Christian Encouragement (FACE) for Educators.