Discovery House

For God So Loved!

Gracious Receiver
Today’s Reading: Ephesians 2:1–10


It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.
(v. 8 NIV)


Just days before Christmas I received the news no one ever wants to hear:  “You have cancer.” My mind went instantly to our three young children at home.

Two months earlier I’d heard a heart-wrenching story of a young mom diagnosed with cancer. She had refused help from anyone else and ended up committing suicide. The story resonated deeply. I didn’t know this woman, but could relate to her insistence on being “the strong one” and not imposing on others. But when I heard the outcome of her story, I promised God that if I ever found myself in the same position, I would let people in.

Christmas revolves around the giving and receiving of gifts. Sadly, we often lose ourselves in commercialism and forget the ultimate gift of Jesus, God’s Son. When we humble ourselves, admit that our sin separates us from God, and lay down control of our lives, we can graciously receive His gift of forgiveness (Ephesians 2:8–9).

Being a “gracious receiver” continues with allowing others into our pain, disappointment, and need. We don’t have to approach life with confidence in our own strength and abilities; we’ve been given the gift of community to help us along the way (Galatians 6:2). But, as with receiving salvation, receiving help requires humility. Pride and self-sufficiency will keep us from the blessing of being known and loved.

During my nine months of active treatment, a small army of church friends, ministry partners, neighbors, and Cru staff rallied around our family. Learning to be a gracious receiver—allowing others into my life—proved soul altering.

Are you a gracious receiver?

Vivian Mabuni
Warrior in Pink