Don’t Rob Me Of My Blessing

Have you even been offered a gift that just seemed too good? Maybe it was someone’s time, a financial gift, a material possession, or even just a cup of coffee. Whatever it was you just couldn’t get yourself to accept it. But did you ever think you might be robbing someone else of his or her blessing by refusing it?

 

 

I don’t remember who the first person was to say this to me, or where I picked it up from, but I do remember this. When it heard it, it changed my entire thinking about receiving gifts, even if they seemed too good for me.

Think of it this way. It’s like a chain reaction of sorts. The person giving you a gift is responding out of obedience to the Holy Spirit. A part of their blessing is just walking in that obedience.

But on the other hand, another level of blessing for that person may be dependent on their obedience to giving away the very thing you may be trying to refuse.

Don’t rob them of their blessing. They can’t get what may be coming to them, if you rob them of it. Now, don’t get it twisted here. I’m not talking about a prosperity gospel, money laundering blessing here.

I’m talking about a blessing that may or may not come in the form of financial or material means. It may be inner peace. It may be healing. It may be a new level of joy. It can be any manner of blessing. James 1:17 tells us that,

Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.

Every good gift that we give and get is from the Father. God uses the insignificant to accomplish significant things. He uses big things to accomplish small changes in the heart of man. God may be doing something within that person, by having them provide a gift to you.

He may then in turn use that gift given to you to bless someone else.

The next time someone tries to give you a “too good” gift, just accept it. Don’t rob your fellow brother or sister in Christ of their blessing. The next time someone tries to refuse your gift, you can tell them, “Don’t rob me of my blessing.”

 

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  1. I actually have! It’s really a counterintuitive idea to accept a gift because someone believed he/she should give it. John Piper in his book “Faith in Future Grace” states that our idea of not accepting a gift is because we fall into what’s known as the “debtor’s ethic”. The notion of NEEDING to pay the giver back which reflects our response to God. It’s the notion of not being grateful but being motivated by duty to pay the giver back. Piper states that it’s not necessarily a bad thing to want to pay someone back, but when we begin to express the need to “owe” that giver, that’s when we get into funky territory which he calls the gift is more of a legal currency than an actual gift. It becomes a business transaction than a free gracious gift that had no strings attached. And this is antithetical to the what the Grace of God entails. When the gift of the Son for our redemption is looked at as a legal transaction vs a gift of mercy and grace and our ethics and activities “for the Lord” are not done out of gratitude per se vs a morally obligatory transaction based out of begrudging duty. So to when it comes to someone’s desire to give you a gift, the desire to want to pay someone back as if we owe the person, that’s when it gets shaky.