February 27, 2011
What is the Relationship of
Giving & Receiving?
Synopsis: Where does one start when examining the relationship of “Giving and Receiving”? In this message I started with God instead of with believers. What I quickly discovered was that God has been giving for a long, long time. In fact Scriptures paint a portrait of God as one who was giving before time began. One might say that giving is part of the very nature of God. It is more than just something God that does. This may be the biggest clue of all about what God desires of and for believers.
Then I began to search for times when God was on the receiving end. I couldn’t find very much. Indeed, what can others give to the one who has everything?
I had to reverse my approach when I began to examine “Giving and Receiving” from the human perspective. Receiving seems to be a part of our human nature. We are born dependent and some seem to never grow out of it. When we are born again we receive a new nature that turns us from receivers into givers. Jesus is the greatest gift.
Have you received the gift of God’s giving? If you have then you know it comes with a new nature. Believers have the nature of God that transforms them from receivers to givers.
Scripture Text (NLT): Luke 6:37-38; Genesis 28:20-22; Malachi 3:10-12; Genesis 1:27-30; Psalm 50:7-14; Acts 20:33-35; Luke 14:12-14; Matthew 16:24-28; John 3:16
Scripture Reading: Luke 6:37-38