Moody Adams Man's chief function is Receptivity, or receiving from God, not Activity, or doing for God. --Norman Grubb
My head whirled with the wonder of it all. I cried. I laughed. I thanked God all the way to work the following morning. It just seemed too wonderful—too wonderful and far too simple.
In one night of my life I had learned a simple fact that was revolutionizing my whole life.
Before, that night, I had thought that everything in life had to be earned, fought for and won. “Nobody gets anything for nothing.” Even God helped only those “who help themselves,” therefore, to me Christianity consisted of me doing things for God: going to church, staying sober, telling the truth, etc. For two years I had struggled through such “activity,” trying to make a Christian out of myself. It is easy for a person to say, “anyone can live a Christian if they just try.” It is easy to say, if that person has not tried. But I had tried. I found it not only difficult, but impossible. But one night a man in Jackson, Mississippi explained this passage in John 1:12 to me: “As many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God.”
That verse opened the door to a New World. All I had to do was “receive” him. He gave the “power.” Norman Grubb stated it this way, “Man's chief function is RECEPTIVITY, or receiving from God, not ACTIVITY, or doing for God.”
As I read the Bible, I discovered RECEPTIVITY was a thread running through all of scripture. It traced the key to all of heaven's gifts:
“We also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now RECEIVED the atonement” (Romans 5: 11)
“Shall RECEIVE remission of sins” (Acts 10:43).
“That they may RECEIVE forgiveness” (Acts 26:18).
“We have RECEIVED mercy” (II Corinthians 4: 1). “
Which have RECEIVED the Holy Ghost” (Acts 10:47).
“Ye shall RECEIVE power” (Acts 1:8).
“Man hath RECEIVED the gift” (I Peter 4: 10).
RECEIVING the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls” (I Peter 1:9).
“Ask and ye shall RECEIVE, that your joy may be full” (John 16: 24).
“Ye shall RECEIVE a crown of glory” (I Peter 5:4).
Receptivity Is the Key to the Mysteries of Our Universe
Jesus said, “A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven” (John 3:27). “Nothing” covers not only spiritual gifts, but also every speck of dirt in the entire universe. It all comes through RECEPTIVITY.
Where did this planet come from? Did you create it? I didn't. “Who else but God goes back and forth to heaven? Who else holds the wind in His fists, and wraps up the oceans in His cloak? Who but God has created the world? If there is any other, what is his name-and his son's name-if you know it.” (Proverbs 30:4).
The earth we stand on, the sunshine that warms us, the rain that brings our water, the food we eat and the air we breathe are all made by God and given to us by God. We have only received them. Nature has a thousand voices teaching us RECEPTIVITY.
This question is a stunning one to proud godless men, but reason demands it is answered. “What hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory as if thou hadst not received it.” (I Corinthians 4:7). God gives life. We received it. “God breathed into man and he became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7 Apart from receiving God's “life breath,” we would have never been any¬thing more than a mound of dirt.