Many Christians look for the confirmation of God’s love in the big things in life; things such as cars, financial freedom, material blessings, a great job and even social status. But we will never see God when we have to look through “things” to find Him. Sometimes our priorities get twisted and we actually believe that the strength of our walk with God is proved by the things we own.
We get confused and begin to believe that it’s the material possessions and the ability to ask God for anything that makes us a good Christian. It becomes our testimony to others and our confidence in our own faith that makes us who we are, and in our own eyes that’s a prosperous believer. How far have we fallen when we dare to even compare the riches of this corrupt world to the treasures found in His love?
We need to take our eyes off of “things” and get them onto God, onto the cross where Jesus died as the ultimate Lamb of God for our sins. We need to realize that we have been adopted into His family—we have become part of His great nation and an inheritance of Abraham. We need to study the Scriptures and find out what that means! Things mean nothing to God. Salvation is everything to God!
We need to stop following preachers whose focus is on themselves and on riches. We need to get into the Bible and study it and learn who God is and what was really accomplished on the cross. We need to realize that WE are the clay and that GOD is the potter. He created us—we didn’t create Him—and sin corrupted us through disobedience—(Genesis 3). Now through the shed blood of Jesus, sin has been defeated and we have been restored back to our Father.
- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.—John 3:16-17
The greatest victory anyone can have is accepting Jesus as their Lord and Savior—believing that Jesus is the Son of God who came to earth to die on the cross for our sins and who God raised from the dead to live forever more as our King. Victory is turning from the world and everything it has to offer and giving our hearts and our lives to Christ. It means following Him and letting Him bless us; not us demanding the blessings. Then we become part of God’s kingdom and then He will bless us with all the things that we need to have a good and healthy life.
But our emphasis should never be on the gift. It should always be on the giver, on the One who loves us enough to die for us!
Many Christians watch televangelists as they proclaim that they can have what they want because God wants them to have it, and all they have to do is claim their inheritance now! Yet, the Bible makes it clear that our inheritance is in Heaven, not on earth! And still, many foolishly believe that the proof of God’s love is in the material possessions they own in this corrupt world. This doesn’t prove that God loves you; it just proves that your need for things is greater than your desire for Him.
- Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.—1 Peter 1:3-4
God does bless His children, and sometimes it’s seeking Him in our time of need and receiving a blessing from Him that means the world to us, yet nothing to the world. It’s having God bless us with a single piece of cake on our birthday when no one else remembered. It’s God stretching the fumes in our car so that we can make it to the gas station safely. It’s the joy that tingles in our chest when we see a colorful bird on a tree branch singing. It’s the confidence in our heart that says, “God loves me. I’m safe.”
God does want to bless His children, but it’s a blessing that comes through love and trust in Him—not through our self-righteousness and our “right” to have them. God did not have to send Jesus to die for us. He did it because He loves us, and we should spend our lives thanking Him and praising Him for the greatest gift in the world.
He is our reason for living and our heart must never be on the things that God can give us, but always on the gift that He’s already given us. The gift of life!
- Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.—Matthew 6:19-21
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