Achieved vs Received

Tonight the question popped into my head: “What have you achieved so far in life?”

My initial reaction was to start pondering the physical achievements I’ve made, the measurable accomplishments I’ve obtained, and the worldly successes I’ve had. But then another word popped into my head: “Peace”. And then another word: “Joy”. And finally a defining word: Received.

I realised that what I have achieved is not nearly of as much importance, or value, as what I have received.

I have received Christ’s gifts of mercy and grace. I have received salvation.

I have received the gift of the Holy Spirit.

I have received His peace, and His joy.

I have received His love.

I have received an eternal hope.

Any fruit I bear and any seeds I sow are only as a result of the work of the Spirit in me: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Gal 5:22-23). Therefore, I do not wish to dwell on my achievements, and I certainly do not want to boast of any personal strength. Rather, I want to celebrate what I have received from God and what I have been blessed with.

What have you received?

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