“Oh, if only God would bless me!” And so we pray, “God bless me . . . with wisdom, with patience, in this decision, in my job, as I teach . . .” and the list goes on. Yet, with all our sincere seeking and praying, we miss the blessing. Why?
One day as I was frantically searching through the house, my wife asked, “What are you looking for?” “My keys.” “What is that in your hand?” Much to my amazement, I discovered I had picked up the keys without realizing it.
What is that in your hand? Just consider what God has given you in Christ. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). It states that God has already blessed us with all the blessings. He has blessed us, past tense. But what have we been blessed with? Everything! We have been blessed with THE BLESSING of Christ Himself. And because we have Christ, we have all the spiritual blessings of heaven. Through Christ, all God’s resources are at our disposal.
Therefore, you are blessed! “Knowing that you are thereunto called, that you might inherit a blessing” (1 Peter 3:9). The blessing is your inheritance. Because you have THE BLESSING—Jesus Christ the Lord—you can now receive God’s blessings. The blessings come to you through Christ, and are received by faith (Galatians 3:14). They are yours for the taking. Simply accept, by faith, God’s bountiful provisions for your new life in Christ. So go ahead, possess your possessions!
Why? It is certainly not to consume them upon your own lusts. God has blessed you, so that you might be able to render a blessing. What God told Abraham applies to you as well. “I will bless you and you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2). Yes, God has abundantly blessed you in Christ, so of course, He wants you to enjoy all of His marvelous blessings. God has given you all things richly to enjoy. (1 Timothy 6:17) However, that doesn’t mean you are to hoard them. He also wants you to be a blessing to others!
Therefore, be thankful to God for all your blessings both great and small. You are blessed! So be who you are . . . a blessing!
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Copyright©1983 Dr. Lewis Gregory