What we do matters; it matters to God (obedience), to us (blessings), and to others (they are blessed). Make it count!
Proverbs 3:21-22 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.
- Rather than worry about living a long life, let’s make our life rich with blessings. What kinds of blessings?
Relationships-we take these into heaven with us, so let’s work hard on them. We practice our Christ-likeness on them: being completely humble and gentle, patient and kind, speaking loving and encouraging words to them, and lifting them up in prayer. Our inheritance is IN the saints:
Ephesians 1:18 “I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints
- Relative health-good eating habits and exercise, as well as good hygiene (baths and teeth brushing) matter. God knows the day we will die, but does He cause it? Sometimes yes and sometimes…I think He allows us to “weigh in” with our choices. If I drink alcohol heavily for years, I can expect to get cirrhosis of the liver, or I might die from driving drunk. The point of living is not in the length, but in the quality-in the case of us Christians, in our obedience to Christ. May we all have Paul’s attitude:
Acts 20:24 “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace
- Physical blessings (adequate housing and clothing)-We Americans are blessed beyond any nation in history. Our standard of living is considered RICH by the world’s standards. Yet, Christ asks us to be ready to give it all away, whether by choice or by force. We have precedent and example in Scripture:
Hebrews 10:32-34 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. You sympathized with those in prison [for their faith] and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions
- A legacy of fruitful living-
3 John 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children [literal and spiritual] are walking in the truth
- And an inheritance for the future-
2 Timothy 4:8 Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing
- to name a few of those blessings.
- Today, let’s be grateful for the wonderful blessings we have received and share them with others. Matthew 10:8b “Freely you have received, freely give.” – Jesus