Have You Been Blessed Today?

We often see signs that say things like “Too blessed to be stressed.” It sounds too good to be true, so we smile and say, “I wish that were true for me.” Why isn’t it? It should be if we truly believe the Scripture. “All of God’s promises are ‘yes’ and ‘amen’ in Jesus Christ.” But we act as though the promises are not for us, not really. But why are we hesitant to stand on the promises we are so ready to sing about? Could it be that we have some false humility that we need to confess and leave behind? Are your prayers often like this? “Lord, there are so many people with so many needs, lots of them with needs so much greater than mine. I feel guilty asking for my little needs to be met, so You just keep that which I would ask for and give it to someone in greater need.”  Sounds humble and selfless, doesn’t it? However, it casts the darkness of poor theology upon our Christian life. It reflects a faith in a limited god.

The truth is that God’s power, love and resources are inexhaustible! Keeping blessings from you to give to others does not make more for others to have from God. Receiving blessings from God does not take away blessing resources from others. “My God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus,” Paul writes. Not only that, but He blesses us that we can be part of God’s blessing to others. By not receiving the blessings, we are limiting our ability to help others.

When I was in college someone gave me a $20 bill and said I would know where to use it. I did not need it and had no clue what to do with it. But I took and kept it. Later that week I saw a friend of mine who needed work shoes, obviously. When I mentioned his need for shoes he said, “Yeah, I know. I’ve been praying.” I said, “Come with me.” You could buy a good pair of work shoes for $20 back then. After the purchase, he said, I wonder why God just didn’t give me the $20. I said, “Cause He knows you would have bought the cheap pair that would have worn out in six months.” He said with a smile, “Yeah, that’s probably right.”

Receiving is the first step toward helping. Open your heart. Receive all the blessings God has for you. There is no guilt in living in the fullness of His grace. -- Ben