How you are receiving money is one of the major ways to creating wealth. Do you show generous appreciation or do you just give a curt “thank you”? How you react when receiving money will make or break your bank account.

You’re probably wondering what the heck I’m talking about, right? To be blunt, it is about your reactions; about being appreciative when receiving money, compliments, and other blessings.

Christians are taught from childhood to be a giver. You are to share your toys. As you grow older, it is pounded into you by parents, teachers, and do-gooders in society that you are to give, give, give.

They base this on the verse in the bible:

“… the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” Acts 20:35 (NIV)

I hope you do agree that you are blessed when you give, as that makes sense. But today, I want to talk about “receiving.”

First, I want you to note that the verse in the bible does not say you are wicked, cursed or condemned when you “receive.” What does it say? Did you gloss over the word “more” in the verse?

In other words, you are “blessed when you receive.”

You’re probably thinking, “Well, Duh! Of course you’re being blessed when you’re receiving money.” That makes sense, right?

The Blessing Scale

Answer this question. On a scale of 1 to 10, where 10 is the ultimate of being “blessed,” where does “giving” score? Be truthful. How do you feel after you put out a lot of effort to give money to someone else?

Ok, I’m betting you said an 8. It is a nice safe answer to that question.

You know what I’m going to ask next. Right. How would you rate receiving money on that same scale of 1 to 10?

If you have any truthfulness in you, my guess is that you ranked receiving money at about a 7 on the scale. Why a 7? For starters, you knew from the above bible verse that it is more blessed to give than to receive, so you “had” to put it below that last number you jotted down. But then, you do like receiving money, don’t you?

I do. Receiving money is a lot of fun.

Here is my point. Receiving money is important. But what everyone does is to discount the act of receiving money, and how they “REACT”. Do you see where I’m going here?

How you react, such as your words of thanks, your facial expressions, and your body language are important. Especially if you want to receive more money in the future.

Did you follow that? If you want to continue receiving money or other blessings in the future, you better pay attention to your reactions when you do “receive.”

Because just like you did, other people put a high value on “giving”. So how do you think it makes them feel when your reaction to receiving money looks like a “2” on the scale of 1-to-10?

Right. That is what I think they are feeling too. Inside their mind, they are saying “You ungrateful S.O.B.! Do you think that I’ll ever bless you again? Bull crap to that possibility.”

Christians are notorious for being bad receivers. They try so hard to put a lot of distance between their reactions of giving and receiving. That way, on any particular day if they are only feeling like a “4” on the blessing-scale when they are giving, they appear more spiritual to others around them when they area acting like a “2” when receiving money.

Because if they reacted like a “7” when receiving, then they fear that they would appear hypocritical about “giving” when inside they are feeling like a “4.” To Christians, it seems better to err on the side of caution and act like a “2” all the time when it comes to receiving. That way, you don’t have to appear hypocritical when you don’t feel so much pleasure when “giving.”

How To Take Home More Money

Here is the take-home point that I want to leave you with. It is very profound even though it is very simple:

“If you want to continue receiving money or other blessings from God, your loved ones, or from your customers (in the form of future purchases), you must master the act of receiving.”

We’ll talk more about this, because I really do consider it a secret to creating wealth and biblical prosperity. But for today, I just want you to study the reaction of people when they receive gifts from you. And study how givers reacts when you express appreciation when they gave something to you.

And finally, vary it up in how you say “thank you.” So, for example, when someone lets you cut in front of them in line at a grocery store, say to them “I appreciate it so much, you’re a very kind and generous person,” versus a simple “thank you.” See what happens.

Most of the reaction will be in the form of body language. Their body language will tell you their true reaction. So if you aren’t as perceptive as you’d like to be about reading and understanding what message people are conveying with their body language, then I would suggest you study up and learn body language interpretation. It can be learned. You just need a good teacher to walk you through the basics. Get one.

Not only will you be able to read their reactions to how you are receiving their money, you’ll be able to use this skill in other areas of your life as well. Imagine being able to tell if someone is lying to you when they talk, or if that guy/girl across the room is flirting with you. Reading body language is a good skill to have in any area of your life.

Your reaction to receiving money if important, it is one of the ways to take home and make more money, God’s way.

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  • http://www.aprilbraswell.com/christiandatingandrelationshipexpert.html Christian Dating Expert

    Hi Tim,

    Talk about the hand of God. This post of yours is so timely. It is like synchronicity. I was just thinking about HOW I respond when people thank me for what I have given them. And I noticed I was sort of glazing over their expressions of gratitude. I think because part of me doesn’t want to be thought of as overly boastful or self-aggrandizing. And I realized that when I do that, that I am not RECEIVING. And spiritually that would be being stingy with myself. So I made a concerted point to notice their written thanks in a number of the notes and to say, “You’re welcome.” Not “thank you back.” But “You’re welcome.”

    Thank you for pointing out that “duh” message from The Book of Acts. I had never thought of the message that way. And truly I had also never heard that aspect of that verse being preached by a Bible teacher or Pastor. I truly appreciate your pointing that out. Realizing and seeing that just shifted my brain and opened a new neuropathway. I LOVE when that happens.

    Additionally, when I handle cash, especially $100 dollar bills, I make a point to fully experience it. To count them. To face the bills. To treat the notes with respect. What are your thoughts from the Bible about that?

    Happy Dating and Relationships,

    April Braswell
    Christian Dating Expert

  • Austin

    Talents are supposed to increase, too. Going according to the verse where the master of the house gave three of his servants money, and two doubled the money but the third let it go to waste.

    So, Thanks.