From times immemorial being blessed has been an important and sought out fact of human need and existence. We can see numerous incidents where man would go to any extent to be blessed – from lying to deceiving.
The whole concept of the Old Testament Covenant was blessings and curses, live by the covenant and be blessed, go against the covenant and be cursed.
Even today we can see numerous people trying and working tirelessly to receive the blessings of God and there are those who needlessly spend too much time and effort working tirelessly to achieve excellence without the blessings of a God.
Before we go further into the topic we much first understand what Biblical blessing is and what it is to be blessed by God.
Let’s hear it from the words of one of God’s greatest, most successful and blessed servant Moses –
Deuteronomy 31 – Moses is one of the greatest leaders the world has even know, for the past 40 years he led the thick skinned, arrogant and stubborn people of Israel, lead them out of slavery from Egypt into freedom, led the wandering group for 40 years in the wilderness and now at the end of the journey, at the door step of the promised land before he signs off from an illustrious career he pronounces blessings on the people of Israel. In Chapter 31 we can read the blessings bestowed upon each of the tribe – from Reuben to Benjamin. The blessings lead, in a great crescendo, up to Moses’ final words, “Blessed are you O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord…” (33:29).
Being God’s people is the root of all blessings, everything else stems out of it.
- Moses was raised in the palace of Egypt, surrounded by opulence and wealth, but he doesn’t call that THE BLESSING
- Around the age of 40 everything changed for Moses. A sudden calamity meant he had to leave Egypt, and scratch a living as a shepherd in the desert. For 40 years he experienced life at his best in this world. Then in the next 40 years he experienced life at its hardest. But he still doesn’t call that THE BLESSING
- Then everything changed again. God called Moses to confront Pharaoh, to lead the people out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, on to Mt. Sinai and to stand in the presence of Almighty God. For 40 years Moses experienced God as nobody else had known Him. He saw, lived, experienced and understood the blessing of being GOD’S PEOPLE, the blessing of a people saved by the Lord.
Hence, to be blessed first we need to be a people saved by the Lord. We need to be God’s people and how is it possible to be God’s people? Is it by climbing a thousand stairs? Is it by burning a million candles? Is it by letting our body go through flames?
NO! It is only by the grace of Lord Jesus Christ. John 1: 12 says “but to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the Children of God…” (AMP)
Here in the New Testament the Word of God goes one step more, from being people of God we can now be children of God. And this is possible just by receiving Jesus Christ into our hearts and lives and by letting Him be the Lord of our lives.
Bang! That’s it, once this is done we become open channels to receive God’s blessings. There is nothing over and above that what we need to do to become receipts of God’s blessings. There is no way we can please God or score points in front of God to receive God’s blessings. There is no other formula to become recipients of God’s blessings, we don’t have to do anything more, don’t have to dress in a certain way, walk in a certain way, speak in a certain way…etc.
The very fact that we are now the children of God makes us the recipients of God’s blessings. This now opens up a whole new dimension to receive all kinds of blessings that God has in store for us – physical, spiritual, emotional, financial…etc. By giving us the authority to become the child of God, He also gives us the power, privilege and right of a child.
- The power of the child is the surety that the father will listen to him.
- The privilege of the child is that he can ask anything he wants from his father without shame or second thought.
- The right of a child is inheritance, to receive all that which belongs to the father.
Every good father will do the best for his child, will give the best and all what he has for his child and our heavenly father is a million times better than the best of earthly fathers.
And in Him there is fullness and abundance, He doesn’t lack any thing and He loves to give abundantly and generously – John 1:16 “For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favour upon favour and gift [heaped] upon gift. For while the Law was given through Moses, grace (unearned, undeserved favour and spiritual blessing) and truth came through Jesus Christ. (AMP)
The problem with most of us is that –
- We don’t believe that blessings in store for us are really ours
- We question – does God really want to see us blessed?
God wants to bless us, His children. He wants His children to live an abundant and full life not only in the life to come but also on this earth. He says in John 10:10 “…I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). (AMP)
Let’s ponder on these questions –
- ARE YOU A CHILD OF GOD?
- DO YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD OUR FATHER HAS BLESSINGS IN STORE FOR YOU?
- DO YOU BELIEVE THAT GOD OUR FATHER WANTS TO BLESS YOU?
- DO YOU BELIEVE THAT JESUS OUR LORD CAME SO THAT WE MAY ENJOY THE LIFE GOD OUR FATHER GAVE US?
IF YOUR ANSWER IS YES! THE DOOR OF BLESSINGS HAS BEEN OPENED FOR YOU AND YOU WILL BE BLESSED, STAY BLESSED AND BE A BLESSING TO OTHERS.