On Sunday I spoke about the 3 “C”s of Finding Hope in Distress. The third “C” was “Connection”. I want to expound on that a bit today. (You can watch the full message HERE)
Did you know that the entire kingdom of God works through giving and receiving? In fact, all of life does, whether we are talking relationships, business, sports, or anything else that depends on the interaction of two or more people.
Now most people, especially God’s people, are great at giving to others, but many are horrible at receiving from others. Why do you think that is?
Here are three things that can contribute to you breaking the flow of God’s kingdom:
1. Fear – If I allow you to give to me it will make me vulnerable. I will owe you. It will create an intimacy – “into me see” – that I am not comfortable with. I would rather just work it out myself.
2. Imposition – I don’t want to put you out. I don’t want you to have to inconvenience yourself for me. (Why not? Aren’t you willing to inconvenience yourself for others? What is going on there?)
3. Pride – I do not want to be viewed by others as needy, incapable of providing for myself, incompetent.
But what are the results?
• You do not get what you need, and you suffer unnecessarily.
• You block God. He is trying to answer your prayer and you are refusing His method of getting that to you.
• You miss out on the joy of deepened friendships.
• You rob others of both the joy of giving, and the return blessing God will give them for being there for you.
• God is not glorified
Look at what Paul said to the Philippian church regarding this truth:
“Nevertheless, you have done well that you shared in my distress… no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only… Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. Indeed, I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Philippians 4:14-20
King David also stated that God helped him through others:
“The Lord is for me among those who help me…” Psalm 118:7
Jesus also asked for help in His time of need. Did you know that? In the Garden of Gethsemane, He said this:
He told them,
“My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Matthew 26:38 NLT
If it was okay for Paul, David, and Jesus to ask for and receive help from their friends, it is okay for you too.
Don’t stop the flow!
Q. Which one of the reasons stated above most likely is stopping you from receiving from others?
Q. Is there another reason you experience that is not listed?
Q. What will you do this week to keep the kingdom flowing by receiving from others?