It seems that continually, as I was growing up, I was taught to give – so much so that it now seems wrong to receive.
Reference: v.13 …and he said to Ephron in their hearing, "Listen to me, if you will. I will pay the price of the field. Accept it from me so I can bury my dead there." (NIV Bible)
Explore: I was always taught to be generous. Right from a baby I was encouraged to share with my sisters. As a child I learnt that it's easier to keep friends if you share and as a youth I understood the fulfillment you receive when you are able to assist someone in need. Now as a young adult I'm having to learn how to be the person who can receive. It seems that continually, as I was growing up, I was taught to give – so much so that it now seems wrong to receive. However, if I do not receive from others I will never achieve all that I desire to do for God's Kingdom. I can't do it on my own and I know others will get a great sense of God's call on their own life when they contribute to something for His Kingdom.
Application: For whatever reason Abraham did not want to be given the land to bury his wive Sarah, he wanted to buy it. I do not fully know why this was the case, although I'm sure it was something to do in honour of Sarah as well as never wanting the land to be taken away from him. But it seems like Ephron and Abraham were never going to come to an agreement. They weren't being nasty, they were actually both being generous to the other. At some point one of them was going to have to concede, and allow the other to give.
While it is incredibly important to give, it is also important to be able to receive. Particularly if we are thankful, we can be giving someone a great deal more just by receiving what they desire to give.
Prayer: Lord, you are the King of Giving. You have given us everything and then some more! As simple as it may be, may You receive our prayer and praise today. Amen.
When have you found it hard to receive?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.