Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! Through Christ, God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing that heaven has to offer. Ephesians 1:3 GOD’S WORD® Translation
After the Christmas break, the students will do a quick comparison of the gifts they received. “What did you get for Christmas?” They never start with the practical gifts…those are easy to see, because they are usually wearing the new shoes and clothing. Most of the time, it will center around the newest electronic gaming device or game itself. For the youngest children in the family, the packaging box and paper becomes the creative item for play. As parents we are amazed at our children’s lack of appreciation for the sacrifice and thoughtfulness of every gift given. They are so overwhelmed with the abundance of gifts that they miss the importance of some of the most needful gifts.
God our Father has blessed us with all the blessings that heaven has to offer. Wow! These are available to all followers who have called upon the name of Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Gifts of the Spirit are included, but they are a subset to the totality of blessings that are available to all His children. Let’s take a moment to reflect on the abundance of blessings God has provided to each and every child.
As you begin 2020, remember that your “blessing basket” from Heaven is full and overflowing. Some of it you are wearing daily, while other stuff are things you get to use to “build” God’s kingdom. For today, let’s start with the most obvious – you are the recipient of God’s blessing. You are blessed to be a blessing.
- “You” – Most of the Paul’s writings refer to first person plural “you” meaning “y’all”, but the application remains true for the singular “you.” God picks you. It’s as if God chooses you out of a line up and said “Step forward.” God, the Judge, then tells you that everything that belongs to Him, He is giving you full access to it. You may have to ask for it, but it is your right, bestowed upon you to have it in your possession. This is not just for the preacher, or church leaders. These blessings are for you. You are a king’s kid. You are chosen to be the object of God’s affection and all of His blessings.
- “Are Blessed” – a favored status to be the recipient of every good and perfect gift. Like Joseph, you are designated as the one to receive the coat of many colors. All of God’s children are His favorites and you happen to be one of those favorites. These blessings are bestowed upon you. You did nothing to earn or deserve the blessings, except receive them humbly. Your blessing basket is full.
- You have a new identity. Once you were in darkness, an outcast, filthy with sin, undesirable to God, an enemy of God’s purposes for good, broken, bruised and cast aside. Then God saved you. God let you be called by His name. Your new identity is so immersed in God that it is hidden with Christ.
- Every child of God receives new clothing. You have a robe of righteousness that was washed in the sacrificial blood of Jesus and came out looking as white as snow. This robe makes you clean. So powerful is this new clothing that God allows you to approach the throne of His grace. In that place that is available to His children, He gives you the “talking stick” to present your request to Him. You can ask Him for the help for the burden that is on your heart. What are you asking Him for help with today?
- “to Be a blessing” – In God’s economy you are not a cup to hold God’s blessings, rather you are a cloud that drops God’s goodness upon the just and the unjust. Given the right conditions some clouds even drop snowflakes. You reflect the nature of your new Father, when you bless others. The opportunities to impact others around you are limitless and go way beyond monetary giftings.
- There is the gift of presence – physically being with a person in time of need. Jesus tells us that as His children, He will never leave us nor forsake us. We need to be present in the lives of people that are going through tough times.
- There is the blessing of remembrance. This is huge. How many feel alone, isolated, and forgotten? Just as we ask God to remember us, we need to communicate in tangible ways that others are significant in being remembered. Your letter, phone call, text or prayer communicates the blessing of remembrance.
- There is the blessing of love. This has no bounds. Everyone, you come in contact with, is a potential for the expression of love. Speaking to them in kindness. Bringing a word of encouragement and hope. One of the core components of love is found in the expression of giving it to others.
There are so many blessings to recount. Remember, in the middle of your trial today – your blessing basket is full and running over. Keep your eyes on the author and finisher of your faith. He has more in store for you each and every day. In Christ, you are blessed to be a blessing.
Blessings, Love y’all