10 Now the One who provides seed for the sower and bread for food will provide and multiply your seed and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way for all generosity, which produces thanksgiving to God through us. 12 For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints, but is also overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God. 13 They will glorify God for your obedience to the confession of[f] the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with others through the proof provided by this service. 14 And they will have deep affection for[g] you in their prayers on your behalf because of the surpassing grace of God in you. 15 Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift. 2 Corinthians 9:10-15 Holman Translation
Have you ever tried to give someone something and they refused it? Oh, nothing is so frustrating!! When I get ready every year to do my Christmas shopping I ask everyone what they want. This year I have a new person in my life to buy for. Every single time I ask this question I get the same thing. “Nothing! You don’t have to get me anything. That is too expensive!” There are more excuses, but my head starts to hurt just to think about it!
I LOVE to give!! I mean LOVE it!! I like to receive, too! But you cannot receive without giving! When you refuse to give to others, then you don’t receive a blessing in return. The opposite is true, too. If you refuse to receive, then you have literally taken the blessing from the other person. The Bible says when we bless others, we are then blessed in return.
I first learned of this when I was reading “The Believer’s Voice of Victory” by Ken and Gloria Copeland. Ken wrote that his father could not receive gifts or “blessings” from other people. He could have had so much more if he had only learned to receive! He knew how to bless, but he didn’t know how to accept a blessing!
So many times we pray for things and God sends them. God has to have people do His bidding. He doesn’t use angels, He uses us! When God sends someone to bless you, they then in turn store up a blessing for themselves! When we refuse the blessing we have, in essence, stolen the joy of the giving from the other person which was part of the blessing God had for them. We abort the very thing God had set in motion when He spoke it in motion and that person obeyed. Ken told his dad, “Don’t steal my blessing!!” What did he mean? He meant receive so the blessing of the Lord could be completed and come back to him as well. This is the “Law of Reciprocity”.
What if we all said no when God sent a blessing our way. Whose fault would it be we didn’t have the very thing God was trying to give to us? It would be our own! How many times do we cry out to God, “I don’t understand why so and so is so blessed and I don’t get blessed that way when I do exactly what you tell me to do, Father!!” Did you receive when God sent someone to bless you? That could be part of your answer!
People do this all the time, especially with the gift of Jesus!! A free and wonderful gift! A gift no other gift compares to!! It is the gift of salvation. God can’t MAKE you take it, but He certainly has made it freely available to you!! Take it, dear reader if you have not! It is already paid for! How sad to refuse it, when with it comes so much more and you lived spiritually and physically impoverished when you could have had the wealth of heaven at your disposal!!
Be a giver and RECEIVER, dear reader! Don’t steal another’s blessing and remain without yourself! Blessings to you, precious reader!! I will see you soon!