January 20, 2016 – Wednesday
1 Corinthians 9:11-12 (NAB) You are being enriched in every way for all generosity, which through us produces thanksgiving to God, for the administration of this public service is not only supplying the needs of the holy ones but is also overflowing in many acts of thanksgiving to God.
James 1:17 (NAB) all good giving and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.
Recently I was trying to quiet down my class when one of my students, age 4, asked me if he could help by putting crayons away. I was reluctant to accept – I wanted him to finish the lesson. I looked at him, hoping he would sit down, and instead he hugged me and whispered “Jesus is with me, and He is good.”
This small child was acknowledging his love for God and offering his gift of help to me. All I had to do was receive the gift.
Receiving sounds easy – especially at work — but sometimes we find it hard to receive from God and others. Have you ever refused to receive the gift of a coworker offering to help on “your” special project? Why? Was it inconvenient for you? Would Jesus turn away someone’s gift? There is great joy and blessing when we receive the gift. The greatest is when we receive the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
As a Christian public servant, you expect to be laser-focused on giving but what about receiving? Today at work, treat each offer of assistance like a hug from a small child, as a blessing from God, and receive the gift with thanksgiving.
Lord, open my eyes and my heart. Release me from myself so that I can celebrate gifts from others that are sent from above. Help me understand that in receiving I am also thanking You. In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Robertson School of Government
Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA