Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
The cashier usually gives a person a receipt after paying for a product or service. A receipt proves that a customer has actually paid for something. Receipts are good to keep for income tax purposes. Also, they are needed if an item needs to be returned for a refund or a replacement.
A receipt is given not only after purchasing something, but it is also given when you deposit money into a bank or Automatic Teller Machine (ATM). Also, when you purchase gas at the pump, the machine asks if you want a receipt.
Some people either throw their receipts away, keep them in their wallets, or place them in a special drawer at home.
A receipt is usually a piece of paper acknowledging that a person has paid for something. In order for the receipt to be valid, it must have the date of purchase on it along with a brief description of the item or service. People should know that a receipt is not the same as an invoice. So, what's the difference?
An invoice is like a receipt in that they both are issued by the seller and given to the buyer. Both papers indicate the product bought or service provided along with the fee the seller receives. However, there is much more information on an invoice than on a general receipt.
The agreed-upon payment terms are often stated on an invoice but not on a receipt. The seller issues a sales invoice and the buyer receives a purchase invoice.
Do You Know That God Gives Receipts?
It is not hard to understand physical receipts as described above. However, it might be more challenging to understand how God gives spiritual receipts. Spiritual receipts aren't received when we purchase something. God give us receipts whenever we do work in the Kingdom of God. However, we do not do work in the kingdom just to get a receipt. When we become part of the family of God, there is something inside of us that motivates us to work for God.
Whenever we do good with a willing heart, God gives us receipts. It is up to us what we will do with the receipts God gives. We can use them immediately, tuck them away and forget about them, or never use them. What most people don't know is that they can cash them in whenever we are in need of a special blessing from God.
How Does Cashing in Receipts Work?
The scriptures pertaining to the principle of cashing in your receipts are found in Philippians 4:15-17. Paul thanked the Philippians more than once for the generous offerings they gave to help him continue to spread the gospel about the saving power of Jesus Christ.
Paul explained to the Philippians that it was not that he wanted their money, but rather he wanted to see profits added to their account in heaven. Whatever we give, it becomes a deposit, and God gives us a receipt that could be for thirty-fold, sixty-fold, or even a hundredfold. Therefore, giving is an investment.
We see here that we have an account in heaven for our giving whether it is giving money or helping in other ways in the Kingdom of God. God knows what we have deposited into the Bank of Heaven because He keeps a record of it in His ledger. Whatever we give is added to our account. The good news is that we can let our receipts accumulate, or we may cash them in at any time.
How Can We Cash In Our Receipts
We can cash in our receipt whenever we need to and for any reason. If we need healing, we can cash in a receipt for healing. If we need to be delivered, we can cash in a receipt for deliverance. We can cash in a receipt for a job, a relationship, or for whatever we need.
God is willing to cash in our receipt in exchange for whatever we need. However, there is something very important we must keep in mind. We must have been given a receipt before we can cash one in.
Know the following things:
- Refrain from doing something just to get a receipt. First Corinthians 10:31 says, "Whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God."
- You are allowed to redeem your receipts whenever you have a personal need.
- Your receipt doesn't have to be for the exact thing you did for someone else. For instance, if you cared for a sick person, you can cash in your receipt for something other than for healing for yourself.
Like Paul told the Philippians, profits will be added to your account when you help God's people. Then you can cash in your receipts for any of your own needs.
- Your Bank Account In Heaven
Every disciple of Christ has a bank account in heaven. It is unlike bank accounts here on earth, but you can deposit into it and make withdrawals while on earth.
Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on July 30, 2020:
A real good piece here. I like the thought within it.
CaribTales on July 29, 2020:
A beautiful, God-centered principle by which to live. Thanks for sharing. I'll share it too.
Marissa from Nigeria on July 29, 2020:
This is really a beautiful illustration of heavenly receipt and how it works. I was really blessed reading this.
Jeshurun from Nellore AP India on July 28, 2020:
Dear mom, lovely comparison the receipt that would be recorded in the kingdom of God in spiritual world.......
Ernest Festus Awudey from Ho, Ghana. on July 28, 2020:
Thanks Rev... This is a real Bible application lesson. So inspiring.
Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on July 28, 2020:
Cheryl, thanks for reading and commenting. Even though I provided scriptures and examples, this is one of the hardest biblical principles to get people to embrace. I cash in my receipts all the time.
Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on July 28, 2020:
Short and to the point. Thank you for the reminder.