To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. (John 3:27 NIV)
These words are said by John the Baptist about Jesus. It is clear that he recognises Jesus as receiving something unique from Heaven. In fact, the word 'give' is used 76 times in John's gospel and it mainly refers to the things the Father has given to Jesus.
This verse is also an encouragement for us. What have we been given from Heaven? What are the unique things that the Father is giving to us? I believe this is another interpretation of the Lord's prayer where Jesus says "your Kingdom come, your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven". What little bit of Heaven is the Father giving you to bring to earth today?
The other important word I want to draw out of this verse is 'receive'. A man can only receive what is given from Heaven. It doesn't say 'a man can only do what is given from Heaven'. We can do a lot of things but do we receive them?
There is a big difference between receiving and doing. One is a gift, the other self-generated. One is done through the strength and ability of another, the other is done in our own strength. One is fruitful, the other can be performance.
Receiving is taking ownership of a gift that comes from another. We receive a gift that was birthed in the Father's heart and as we receive it, we take it into our own heart. It becomes part of us. When we receive a gift from Heaven it will bring fruit and joy.
And so today, I encourage you to ask; "what have I been given from Heaven?"
A Father to YOU is a signpost to the heart of the Perfect Father. When we became Christians we were given the right to become children of God (John 1:12). Sadly, many of us fail to take up that right and instead continue to live as slaves or orphans. But our true destiny is being sons and daughters who have a permanent place in the Father's family. This blog is an encouragement to help you know who God really is and who you really are.