I think we could all agree that we want to live lives that feel “blessed.”
We want to feel that God’s fortune shines upon our lives. We want to feel favored. We want to feel like we lack for nothing.
Yet, many of us do not in fact feel that way.
And why should we? We live in a world in which people appear to be doing better than us. We feel like we don’t quite measure up. We are bombarded by a myriad of advertisements on a daily basis that tell us that we don’t have enough, and we need act now lest we miss out on the future.
When I attended a Pentecostal church for a number of years, we strongly emphasized the necessity of experiencing tangible expressions of God’s presence in our church services. We were always on the edge of our seats waiting for God to show up in some way. If our services were not full of folks sobbing over their sins, getting healed, or someone speaking in tongues, then the service could be considered unsuccessful by many.
Such services often made people hungry for “more.” As a result, it was not uncommon to see people chase after the latest and greatest preacher where all these things were happening on a regular basis. I’ve personally known people who moved their families from North Carolina to California just so they could be involved in churches where “revival” was happening, so that they could “be blessed.”
I feel such a mindset is entirely strange.
The Apostle Paul In Ephesians 1:3 says that as Christians we have been “blessed with EVERY spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
So, instead of feeling like we don’t measure up because our neighbors seem to have more fulfilling lives than us, or because we don’t have the latest and greatest car, or because we missed some hot handed healing evangelist rolling thru town, we need to realize there isn’t some blessing somewhere over the rainbow that we are missing out on.
For Jesus Christ has blessed us with EVERY blessing that heaven has available for us. We lack for nothing in Him.
Therefore we don’t need to start writing checks to televangelists who promise us a hundred fold return on our seed offering and the ability to open the flood gates of heaven in our lives. For Jesus Christ has already opened the gates of heaven for us through His death and resurrection. And, as a result of His ascension into heaven and our spiritual union with Christ, we get to enjoy every heavenly blessing available to Him as He sits at the right hand of God.
Therefore, instead of looking in a million other places for our sense of blessing, let us look at Christ. Let us be fixated on Him, and be awakened to all that He has already provided us, and the innumerable blessings we can experience in our lives because of who we are in Him.
I’ve had a long and stressful week. Please pray for my wife as she takes care of her parents for a few days. I asked Jimmy to write a guest post because he’s just been laying around around all week (with a broken tibia). Find more posts/podcasts at Jimmy’s Table.