“Then Peter began to say unto him, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, verily I say unto you, there is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s. But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions, and in the world to come eternal life.” (Mark 10:28-30)
Many believers (Christians) have become so focused on their eternal reward that they forget that Jesus promised to reward us in this life too. Though we are only occupying until he comes (Luke 19:13), the blessing of the Lord is active, and it is not placed on hold waiting until we get to heaven. Do not feel shy or afraid to embrace the blessings that you have received, but instead give God thanks for his goodness towards you and use it as an evangelistic tool to invite others to Christ. When others see how blessed you are, they will want to know how it happened and what they need to do to be bless. That will be your opportunity to talk about the goodness of Jesus. Nothing is wrong in boasting about the goodness of God if you are giving all the glory to him instead of taking the glory for yourself.
Your earthly reward comes in different ways. Meaning, if someone offers to pay for your grocery in the supermarket or to pay for your fuel at the gas pump, do not let pride get in the way of that. Pride is a blessing blocker and we should recognize it and destroy it with the word of God. Three things happen when we allow others to bless us, the giver is blessed, you are blessed, and God is glorified! But what if the gift is a little more exorbitant? What should Christians do in this regard? The answer is simple, accept the gift with thanksgiving to God and thank the giver. However, if the gift came from a source that is contrary to the word of God, pray about it first and hear what God says before you dismiss that gift. Remember now, that the wealth of the sinner (the unrighteous) is stored up for the righteous (Proverbs 13:22). Do not block your blessings with ignorance.
What should you do after you are blessed? You must become a giver, so that the blessing will get to others and so that you can remain bless. When the Bible say it is better to give than to receive (Acts 20:35, it is showing the chain reaction of giving. For example (sis Mary gave to sis Joan, sis Joan shares with brother Paul….). The supernatural blessings from God comes through the hands and feet of others, regular people like you and me. Today, please do not block your own blessings. Get ready to receive from the Lord and get ready to pass It on.
Let us pray: Lord please forgive me of my sins today. Thank you for your word. Lord as of today I will not refuse my blessings out of ignorance, but I will partake so that I too can become a blessing to others in Jesus name. Amen. Until next time. God bless you.
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