Learning To Receive

Read John 13:1-8

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. 1 Peter 5:5

At the time, I was convinced I was doing the honorable Christian thing. After all, doesn’t the Bible say that it’s better to give than to receive? (Acts 20:35). I thought turning down my friend’s offer of food was part of learning “in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” (Phil. 4:11, kjv).

Kindhearted enough not to take “no” for an answer, that same friend blessed me the very next day with some credit (top-up). It was just the amount I wanted but could not afford it at the time.

Still accustomed to being the “giver”, I was reluctant to accept the credit. But when I received the confirmation message it was clear that God had told her I needed it.

While using the credit to activate my data plan, I remembered Peter’s refusal to allow Jesus to wash his tired feet. Suddenly it sank in; I was a mirror image of the prideful apostle. Raised to be self-sufficient, I often tend to view letting others do something for me as a sign of weakness. As I meditated further on the scriptures, the Holy Spirit blessed me with wonderful enlightenment: Part of serving others is letting them serve me.

Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, help us understand that being willing to receive is itself an act of love for another. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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