The art of receiving

Know that you receive* the recompense for the inheritance** for the Lord Jesus Christ you serve. Col. 3:24

Receiving is a reciprocal experience. With an inheritance, we don’t get to choose whether or not the inheritance is ours nor do we get to choose what it is that we inherit; we only get to whether we receive it. We don’t get to earn our status as children of God; our adoption is something wrought in God’s deep love for His human creation. Humans often choose not to receive this inheritance, demand a way to earn it, or seek to redefine what it is and what it means. Perhaps the church’s historical emphasis on our unworthiness and demand for works as proof of faith makes it harder for us to fully receive the inheritance and to fully experience the child-of-God status.  Perhaps the idea of reward or recompense has less to do with what we do and more with who we are and Who Christ Is. Perhaps receiving is simpler than we made it. Perhaps the art of receiving is as simple opening our hearts, our minds, and our hands to God in us, with us, and for us.

Lord, help me to fully and openly receive all You have for me.

ἀπολαμβάνω apolambanō tr. “receive” also means “to receive from another, to recover, to take what is one’s due, to convey hospitality, to intercept”

κληρονομία kléronomia tr. “inheritance, heir status, a lot, a share”