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Friday, October 21, 2016

Blessed That You May Bless...

"And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work." - 2 Corinthians 9:8
One of the many things I have struggled to understand in my walk with Christ is the heart posture of a servant. I am quick to write out my list of blessings I want from the Lord and most times, they are laced with selfish desires. By nature, we are selfish people.
As 21st century Christians, we have grown accustomed to blessings from God solely for our own benefit. Like someone rightly put it: "We are more in love with the hand of God and less with His heart" How many times as Christians do we pray for riches for the sole purpose of being a blessing to others around us? In most cases, we seek first our own comfort and maybe, just maybe, blessing others may come as a second thought. But is this really the foundation Christ Himself laid for us while he was here? Did he at any point encourage us to seek out comfort first above all else?

Blessing from God is many things to many people. To some it is wealth, to some health and to some it is fame. And many times, we are quick to throw out Matthew 7:7, like God is our personal piggy-bank. However, Is there something wrong with being blessed with the aforementioned? Nope. This is my father's world and He has everything under His authority, He is able to supply all of my needs according to his riches in glory (Philippians 4:19) You will read this and wonder why Christ lived such an "average" life. Born in a manger, to a carpenter, walked on foot for the better part of His ministry yet His father owns the earth and the fullness thereof? How? Why?

The Good Work
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."- 2 Tim 3:16-17 
The key word here is "servant". In as much as we are sons and daughters, of royal priesthood, chosen generation etc. We are called, more than anything, to be servants here on earth. Whatever blessings given to us here on earth is a means to an end - to bring glory to the father. Whether health or wealth, they are tools to help us abound in every good work, not that we may get too comfortable here. Apostle Paul was able to grasp the secret of servant-hood when he made the statement:
"Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all this through him who gives me strength."- Philippians 4: 11-13
God's measurement of success or even blessing is not in the number of lands we acquire or the size of our bank account, but rather a heart posture that leaves us in a place where, whether in the presence or the absence of these things, we are most satisfied in Him. So when he gives us wealth, it is supposed to help us abound in every good work, when he gives us health, it is supposed to help us abound in every good work, when he gives us possessions, it is supposed to help us abound in every good work. If any of these things do otherwise, we are out of His will.

Moving Forward
"Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God." - 2 Corinthians 7:1 
So how do we go on, now, with a heart posture of servant-hood? This, can only be attained by the grace of God on our lives. Only through that are we able to pray for wealth, that we may bless others, health that we may be physically strong to proclaim the gospel, a good job that we may use our resources to foster the kingdom, and even a happy home, that God may be glorified in the lives of our children and send them forth to continue the good news. It is by the grace of God we are able to put contentment at the center of our beings, it is by His grace we are able to see everything we are and everything we will ever become as a means to an end of salvation for all mankind. We were saved, not so we can cross our legs and watch the world go to ruins, but so that we can go out, work hard, live pure lives, earn a living, start a family and in the course of all these things, draw people to the light of salvation through Christ Jesus.
Lord, please help us break free from our own selfish desires and let all that we have and ask for be rooted in love for humanity and a willingness to use them for your glory. Amen

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