Lessons - Devotional - "Blessed"

I want to read a portion of something I came across online years ago and afterwards posted it on a door frame in our house as a regular reminder:

  • If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep... you are richer than 75% of this world.
  • If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace... you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
  • If you woke up this morning with more health than illness... you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
  • If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation... you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
  • If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death... you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.

We are so blessed! When we count and consider our blessings, we experience a joy & thanksgiving that keeps us happy regardless of what trials we are facing.

What happens when become distracted by ‘what went wrong’ and lose focus on our blessings? How miserable and selfish we can become!

How can we look at a full pantry and a full refrigerator and come away frustrated saying “There’s nothing to eat.”?

Do we complain about the problems that this nation has, forgetting that only a small percentage of this world will ever know the freedom and lifestyle that even those below our poverty line experience?

Do we murmur about having to give up something to attend church service, while countless numbers throughout history risk their possessions and lives just to worship with fellow Christians?

Brothers & sisters.. let’s remember our blessings. Let us remember our:
- houses
- income
- family
- transportation
- freedom
- health
- safety
- so much more

Don’t lose focus on the thousands of physical blessings you have because one or two things aren’t how you want them to be!

Don’t lose focus on the Generous & loving God who gave those blessings to you!

And don’t lose focus and miss why He gave them to you… Yes, because He loves you very much. Does He expect you to hoard them and use them for your comfort ? How did that work out for the man who hid his master’s talent?

What are we to use these blessings for?
thanksgiving, bless others, glorify God

Lk 12:48 - But he who did not know, yet committed things deserving of stripes, shall be beaten with few. For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.

God expects much from us as He has given us so much! He has given us even greater blessings than these mentioned so far. He has also given us invaluable Spiritual blessings:
- He hears prayers
- He gave us His Spirit
- He offers us salvation from sin
- He offers us an eternal heavenly home

These spiritual blessings are only for those who are in Christ. If you aren’t a Christian, these blessings are not yours.. but they can be.. tonight!

You can believe in Christ, repent of your sins, confess Jesus as Lord, and be immersed in water for the remission of your sins. Let us help you.

If you have already obeyed the gospel and have these magnificient blessings, use them to be a blessing to others - pray for others, live righteous example, and freely share the saving gospel.

If you need to respond to the invitation, I encourage you to do so now as we stand and sing.