And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8

All grace … in all things … at all times … having all that you need. God gives us grace so that we will “abound in every good work.” He blesses us so we will be a blessing. If we only want to be blessed to relieve our pain or for our pleasure, it’s not enough. God’s plan is for us to be channels of God’s blessing not reservoirs. However, to be channels we must first receive from God.

Watchman Nee writes: “God is so wealthy that his chief delight is to give. His treasure-stores are so full that it is pain(full) to him when we refuse him an opportunity of lavishing those treasures upon us. … It is a grief to the heart of God when we try to provide things for him. He is so very, very rich. It gives him true joy when we just let him give and give and give again to us. He wants to be the Giver eternally, and he wants to be the Doer eternally. If only we saw how rich and how great he is!”*

God wants to give us his grace, but we are often reluctant receivers. John wrote, “Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, ‘If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink’” (John 7:37). To receive the first thing to do is acknowledge our thirst, our need, our reliance on God. Second believe that God will supply us with “living water” that is grace, as we need it. It can’t be stockpiled. Third “drink” that is, be willing to receive.

*A Table in the Wilderness by Watchman Nee (February 19th). Victory Press, 1969.