By Alyson Porter
Unconditional love and receiving.
So I learned something really powerful and that is about unconditional receiving. We all know about unconditional love right? But what about being willing to receive something without having to put hustle and grind behind it. Without having to earn it. Have you ever struggled with that? Did you feel like the only way that you would feel worthy of blessings or receiving something would be if you worked for it, and deserve it? Sounds familiar? I know. I felt the same way. I felt like if I could just white knuckle my way through then somehow I would reach my goals and everything I was striving for. I felt like if I didn’t work for it I didn’t deserve it. Until a dear friend of mine pointed out that I had a problem with unconditional receiving. I knew I wouldn’t have a hard time receiving if I had something to do with it, or I worked for it…but just to get something for nothing was such a foreign concept to me.
If you look at the atonement of Jesus Christ that was freely given to us. We can’t earn it, we can’t work for it. There is no way we even deserve it. And yet it is ours. It is a gift from a loving brother and Father in Heaven. Think about a tree. A tree is blessed just for being a tree. It doesn’t have to worry about anything…it just soaks up the water into it’s roots, it grows effortlessly. And it knows that everything (the sun, water, soil) is all for it’s benefit and growth. And so it uses it and flourishes. It doesn’t complain, or apologize for taking…it just grows.
What if we looked at our relationship with God that way. What if we realized that God just wants to bless us, not because we deserve it, but because he is our Dad, and we are His children. And we need to stop trying so hard to grow…we need to just be. Becoming abundant, rich and prosperous isn’t about material things…it’s about a state of being. It’s knowing that everything we need is provided for us by a loving Heavenly Father who is excited for our growth and becoming who He has always known us to be! And we can take inspired action guided by Him that will lead us where He wants us to go. We never have to do it alone.
“My God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19
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