Are You Blessed?
Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ (NIV).
How many times do we think of the term “blessing” in terms of physical health or material things? Perhaps you equate the word “blessing” to your family or the job you work. These may be blessings but they certainly are not the only forms of blessings.
Author of The Ultimate Blessing, Jo Anne Lyon writes “to be blessed is not simply to do more or to be free from pain, hunger, or fear. To be blessed is to be in relationships first with God, then with others.”
What about the thousands of Christians throughout the world who will die this week because of persecution or lack of food or medical resources? Are they less blessed than those who have abundant amounts of food and medical resources? The Apostle Paul would emphatically say, “NO”! All Christians are very blessed and it has nothing to do with material wealth or physical health.
Think about all of the spiritual blessings we have as followers of Christ: mercy, grace, love, peace, joy, un-hindered access to the Father, Holy Spirit-power, and many more!
Will you take some time this week and mediate on these blessings? As you do, you will revel in the “blessings” of God and your worship of God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit will be sweet!
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