You’ve heard the saying that it is better to give than to receive, but today I want to challenge you that the opposite may actually be true.
Not because the saying isn’t biblical (it is) but rather to reveal if your “gift of giving” may hinder your ability to receive.
Our culture loves to pride itself on how capable we are, how much we give to others and how good we can be. But, if we take in account Scripture and especially the teachings of Jesus, then we are faced with the reality that it may not about what we give, but instead what we receive.
You may have awakened today in a hard place. Where down seems up, right seems wrong and easy seems so very hard.
Whether you are in a physical battle, financial struggle or even political fight, there are moments where each of us is given more than we can handle or comprehend, and the struggle wears us thin.
Friend, if that is where you find yourself today, then turn with me to (Luke 8) and see how Jesus handles us when our faith is painfully stretched.
Some of us are struggling, carrying a burden that is often invisible to others.
It may be infertility, loneliness, depression or even chronic sickness. It is like a heavy pack on our back, loading down our shoulders as we go about the duties of life.
We work, we play, we learn, we teach. All the while, we carry this extra weight about us.
After a while, whether it’s months or years, it can start to feel like people no longer notice us. Doctors don’t have answers. Medicines provide no solutions. Friendships grow strained. Life keeps moving forward for everyone else, except us.
If this sounds like your story, then may I encourage you with the story of someone who also felt very unnoticed?
Although I have been a believer in Jesus since my teens, it wasn’t until my mid-twenties that I learned how to study my Bible well. Oh, I would read it! I would spend time in the mornings reading God’s Word, along with a 5-minute devotional that helped me find new passages of encouragement. But studying it? Digging into life-shaping truths and studying passages cohesively? I hadn’t ever done that. I simply didn’t know how. So I looked to daily devotionals to provide me with what I was missing from my two-verse-readings to help me get through my day. But, like a pop tart for breakfast, the sustenance it provided would wear off long before my day ended.