I recently read an article that stated the one thing Christians should stop saying is that they are blessed in regards to material windfalls. I’ve been pondering this statement since I read it and now I’m asking why?
I am blessed. Blessed with the house we live in, the cars we drive, the clothes we wear and the food we eat. Why am I blessed with these material things? Because, none of it has anything to do with me. God is the One who provides for us abundantly through the job He chose for my husband, and when I say abundantly, I mean we have everything we need and many times some of the things we want. God is the One who gives my husband the ability to get up and commute every day to work.
Graciously saying we are blessed is a perfect opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with others. Not because if we do” this” God will do” that.” No, that isn’t how God operates, he isn’t the proverbial Genie in the sky. But, because He promises to provide for us.
“Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. (Matt 6:31-33).
If we are seeking God’s first and he CHOOSES to bless us however he chooses to bless then why wouldn’t we say we are blessed?! Isn’t it the same with “Praise the Lord”, “Thank you, Jesus”, and “Hallelujah”? Are we now so politically correct that we are going to stop giving praise and worship to the Only One these blessings come from and the Only One who deserves our praise and worship?
Jesus died so we could live and live life to the fullest! (John 10:10). The moment we chose Jesus we became co-heirs with him
Now if we are children, then we are heirs–heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17.
Co-heirs sharing in every spiritual blessing in heaven.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. Ephesians 1:3
Part of our spiritual blessing is the ability to do God’s will by the power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in us. Perhaps God’s will is to bless us materially so that we can do HIS will with that blessing. Ahhhhh.
God told Abraham,
And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Genesis 12:2-3
We, being the seed or descendants of Abraham continue to share in these blessings because this is part of our inheritance. Maybe we should stop feeling guilty about our blessings and start using them, (me included) the way God has always intended.
We don’t live in glass houses. We suffer trials, tragedies and challenges like everyone else. However, I refuse to stop saying I am blessed. God is sovereign and if he chooses to bless me one way or another then it is a blessing indeed.
“If we had as many people practicing the Bible as those who love to discuss it over coffee, it would change everything.” Rick Warren.