It is more blessed to give than to receive. — Acts 20:35
One aspect of this verse that I’ve never thought of is this: it is a whole lot easier to give than receive. We don’t mind giving, that is easy. It even makes us feel good to give to others, especially when they are in need. Yet, when it comes to receiving, many Americans find that difficult. We like to be independent. We like to not need the help of others. If we recover, we want it to be through our own efforts, not because we received help from someone else.
The salvation God offers only works through receiving. Yet, countless Americans are counting on being “good enough” to earn a better afterlife. They believe they are earning their way through morals, church attendance, good deeds, and countless other efforts. Let’s make this clear: Salvation from Jesus Christ can only be received, not earned.
If we could only get a taste of just how much He loves us. We would so freely and so quickly accept the gift of His salvation. God so loved us that He gave. Love always gives. Love always costs something. For us to receive Him, we have to give up our pride, call ourselves sinful, and recieve His mercy, grace, and forgiveness. Eventually, we will begin to drop sinful habits. But, the cool thing is this: By the time you drop these habits, it will be because you want to, not because you have to. You will realize more and more that He gave His Son, therefore the least you can do is give Him your life.
This Christmas season, evaluate your heart and receive the free gift of salvation. It is the best thing offered in this life. Nothing else even comes close.