DAY 337 OF 365 IN 2021

Matthew 9:28 They went right into the house where he was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?” “Yes, Lord,” they told him, “we do.”

Today’s lesson triggers a need to expand briefly on receiving from God. Like the two sides to a coin, a two fold dimension is required particularly where a vessel or another person is involved in this reception.

Jesus encounters two blind men today and his question to them is ‘do you believe I am able to do this?’ They responded in the affirmative and both subsequently regained their sight. Here lies the message: both the recipient and the vessel have roles to play as far as receiving is concerned.

Primarily, since God is the source of it all, both recipient and vessel must first believe that ‘God is’, and that He is able and willing to be the source of that which is being sought.

Regardless also of the gift in operation, whether healing, teaching, giving, encouraging or helping among others; as a vessel, you have to believe in yourself’. Not the haughty pride that exalts, but the belief that you have been chosen as a dispenser of God’s graces. An acknowledgement that the grace of God has found you worthy to be a conduit and vessel of His goodness. A belief about all the things possible through you by the hand of God.

On the part of the recipient, after believing in God, one ought to also believe the vessel. Not as a man or woman, but as touching the office within which they stand – as a worthy conduit of God’s graces. And that is where honour comes in because you really cannot receive from an office or person you do not honour.

Simply seeing your priest or colleague always as ‘just another person’ does not position you to receive as you ought to, but when you acknowledge their office as shepherd or a sent helper, then you place yourself to receive the merits of that office which they wield.

Beloved, each vessel and recipient have their roles to play in receiving, how diligent are we being in our roles? That is our food for thought.


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