Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Religion & Spirituality
  3. Western Religions

Giving & Receiving

See also

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38)

Forbes lists of the world’s wealthiest billionaires. Lists of the most powerful executives, the sexiest man or woman on the planet, rankings in professional tennis or golf or NASCAR. These lists sell magazines and capture the world’s attention. This is the world we live in. Power, fame and fortune. (aka “success”).
OK. So many Christians “know better”. We don’t aspire to such goals. We know that our Lord and Savior doesn’t want us to pursue any gods but Himself. So – truly – what are your goals? Maybe they are not lofty goals, nor anything that most folks would consider greedy or selfish. But the perspective I am seeking in this question is this: Do your goals generally fall under the category of giving or receiving? The God-pleasing goals of a Christian should fall primarily in the Giving category. Giving of our time, talents and treasure. Giving of our energies and our emotions. Allowing others to establish our calendars – by their illnesses and their needs. Yet, all too often, our goals fall into the receiving category, don’t they?
• I’ll give of more of my time when my life slows down someday. Right now, I’m far too busy.
• I need to save for this or that. Once I’ve achieved that goal, maybe I can give more to my church or other worthy causes for people in need.
I would suggest that a shift in goals where your giving becomes your primary focus will be infinitely more rewarding both in this life and into the eternal life to come – not to speak of the fact that it is God-pleasing and gives glory to Him – which should always be an underlying goal in everything we do.

“For the measure you use, it will be measured to you”.



  • Dead babies found
    Seven dead babies were found in Utah resident Megan Huntsman's old home
    Shocking Discovery
  • Kendall Jenner
    Get the Coachella looks: Kendall Jenner’s nose ring, green hair and edgy nails
    Coachella Look
  • Dog's Easter basket
    How to fill your dog’s Easter basket with the perfect toys
    Easter Basket
  • Rabbit owners
    Bringing home the bunny: Important information for rabbit owners
    7 Photos
  • Haunted island
    The world’s most haunted island may soon be the most haunted luxury resort
    Haunted Resort
  • Sunken ferry
    Search continues for missing passengers after a ferry sinks off the South Korean coast
    Sunken Ferry

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!