The essence of the Christian life is receiving. The Christian starts out by receiving Christ, and continues by receiving grace, mercy, love, forgiveness, and peace. Then, he receives life more abundantly.
Seeing God’s hands wide open, seeing His heart of compassion, and understanding, we can begin to comprehend this Christian life. He gives freely, and we receive freely. His life keeps coming to us, and we keep taking it in until we have received so much that it pours forth, and we give what we have received.
He conforms us to His image in one area, then another area, continually filling us with all of His fullness. Soon, His life simply, yet powerfully, flows out. “Out of your [emotions] shall flow rivers of living water…this spake he of the Spirit” (John 7:38-39a). This is the process of receiving.
The moment you think you must give somebody something that you don’t have, you are performing in a works system. Don’t even think about giving! Giving is the overflow of what you receive. Rivers of living water will flow out of your being. What you receive shall be a spring springing up unto eternal life (John 4:14).