Some people are blessed to be incredibly rich in the physical sense. Often times they don’t even intend to get rich or famous. Tom Shadyac who was the director of several major movies was very rich. After a bicycle accident, he felt the only way to truly be happy was to live within your means and share your extras with the less fortunate.
We should live our lives being willing to give at any opportunity. Acts 2:44 discusses the Christians pooling their possessions to help everyone. In verse 45 they sell some of their possessions to help those who needed the help. Not only are we supposed to be willing to give, but our focus should not be on worldly possessions, but on our works for Christ as explained in Matthew 6:20. After all whatever you focus on is what your real heart’s desire is as explained in Matthew 6:21.
All of our blessings on earth belong to the Lord regardless as explained in Deuteronomy 10:14. We are simply the caretaker of them. We are also responsible to manage them correctly. One important management factor is to leave and inheritance according to Proverbs 13.22.
In the story of Ruth, chapters 1-4, Ruth was the daughter in law of Naomi. When Ruth’s husband died, Naomi released her to go back to her family, but Ruth refused. She wanted to be faithful to Naomi. They ended up moving to Bethlehem together. Naomi had a rich relative named Boaz who was a big farmer in the area. Ruth went to work for Boaz gleaning grain in the fields. Ruth found favor with Boaz ultimately becoming his wife through a series of traditions.
The story of Ruth is important because she did not have to take the burden of caring for her ex mother in law. However, she chose that over finding a different husband. She chose to go to work to care for Naomi instead of finding a husband to care for her. God blessed Ruth’s faithfulness giving her unexpected riches.
1 Timothy 6:10 contains one of the biggest misquoted scriptures in the bible. Constantly people say money is the root of all evil. However, the scripture is saying the craving of money is the root of all evil. This means desiring riches over all things. It doesn’t mean if you are blessed financially this is evil.
In fact God uses money for good and in our economy money is essential for the furtherance of the gospel in multiple facets. This blessing enables giving. We should live to give. God promises in Psalm 84:11 not to withhold blessings for those who walk uprightly. Luke 6:38 discusses giving. From your gifts you will be blessed more than you can contain. Regardless, you are to desire to do unto the Lord. Your inheritance in heaven is a greater reward than a financial benefit on earth as explained in Colossians 3:23-24.
Our promise in Psalm 92:12-14 states the righteous will have favor and be blessed if they are rooted in Christ. This blessing will follow them well into old age. God provides for you. He wants you to be fulfilled. He wants you richly blessed but he wants you to be part of the blessing. Not only are you to bless for Christ but you also should ensure leaving an inheritance for your offspring as stated in Deuteronomy 21 and Numbers 27. Setting a foundation to further the gospel in future generations God regards as highly important.
We all have been appointed to die. Further we are promised to come naked from our mothers and return naked. We are not taking any worldly blessings with us. In fact beside the treasure you lay up in heaven the only thing you can take with you to heaven are people. How you influence lives and help others really does matter. You can bring your friends and family with you to heaven. We need to commit to help others.
According to Jeremiah 29, God has plans and thoughts for us to include blessings. This is your blessing; God has big plans for you. These plans include peace and ensuring your well-being is well taken care of. Not just a little bit. You have a hope and a future which is in Christ Jesus, our supplier, our redeemer, our savior. This is your blessing.
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Philip Lukens is the senior pastor of the Carr Community Church. To receive updates please enter your e-mail address below and click subscribe.
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