Looking to be Blessed?

31 Jul

I think we all desire to live prosperous, well-fulfilled, joyful, abundant, blessed lives. We would like to know Christ more intimately, walk after Him more passionately, be a shining light to the unsaved world, and a radiant testimony to our friends and family. I’m also sure we would like to experience joy and laughter throughout most of our days, times of plenty, see desires granted, and dreams fulfilled. But how can we experience all of this even when God allows trials and hardships in our lives?

I was reading 1 John and came to chapter 4 verse 22,

“And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.”

Each day and in every way, do we seek to obey God first and foremost? How many times has He revealed something to us and we know we should do it but have shrugged it off and pushed it to the side in hopes of forgetting? How many times has He pricked our conscience but we’ve made excuses? How many times do we know we are purposefully doing wrong but sincerely don’t care? Having a heart like this only shows forth a rebellious spirit. Remember, the prophet Samuel said that rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft! Knowing this, how can we justify the thoughts that our Saviour ought to be blessing us? We don’t deserve to be blessed, let alone with this attitude and heart condition. Our lives ought to be lived in such a way that we are walking in accordance to His will, being faithful to His calling, and obeying that which He has commanded us.

Secondly, we ought to be seeking to do those things that are pleasing to Him. This is going the extra mile in our Christian walk. Daniel obeyed God but He also had a testimony of being ten times better than all the rest (see Daniel 1:20). Why? He did that which pleased His Saviour and it affected those around Him.

Perhaps we need to start pleasing the Lord by getting our focus off of ourselves and start seeing the needs and desires of others around us. We ought to be looking for ways to reach out and comfort the hurting, to lend a hand to the needy, to give a smile to the disheartened, to serve the weak. There may be things that may not even be “required” of us, but we know that by doing them we would please the Lord.

Obedience can be more of a duty whereas pleasing our Saviour is an act of service proving our love and devotion to Him.

Are our hearts surrendered to the point that all we desire is to obey our Saviour and to bring Him pleasure, to bring a smile to His face? This is where the true blessing lies. Christ fills our hearts with more of Himself, conforming us more into His image, and He blesses us in ways that far exceed our dreams when our heart is right before Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9, “But as it is written, Eye hath not see nor ear heard neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.”

Let’s put feet on our faith and seek to obey His Word and desire to please Him in all we do and say with a renewed zeal and fervency! Not only will we be blessed but we will feel the most satisfied and fulfilled since, after all, we were solely created to bring Him glory and honor.

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8 Responses to “Looking to be Blessed?”

  1. Jenifer August 1, 2008 at 6:57 am #

    Hello Sara,
    What convicting, challenging words! Thank-you so much for sharing it. I love what you said:

    “Obedience can be more of a duty whereas pleasing our Saviour is an act of service proving our love and devotion to Him.”

    How many times I seem to go through my Christian life simply doing things as a duty or routine. Thanks for the admonishion to look for ways to serve even when it’s not necessarily “required ” of us!

    I have been subscirbed to your blog for awhile now and I love your writing, and have enjoyed getting to “know” you 🙂 I was so delighted to hear that you are courting! The Lord has used your words to bless my life, and I am grateful. I wish you much happiness and joy!

    Love in Christ,
    Jenifer

  2. Stephanie August 1, 2008 at 9:32 am #

    “Perhaps we need to start pleasing the Lord by getting our focus off of ourselves and start seeing the needs and desires of others around us.”

    Ouch. You stepped on my toes, Sara! But it’s exactly what I needed this morning, as I’ve been a bit discouraged and have been falling into the trap of feeling sorry for myself. So thank you so much for this post. : )

  3. elianna August 2, 2008 at 2:41 pm #

    Focusing on the Lord & the needs of others…something that’s critical to my walk with Christ-and yet I am so often focused on myself. THanks for the post-and I really like the new blog look! 🙂

  4. Anne August 3, 2008 at 5:23 pm #

    I LOVE the new blog look!!!! what an encouraging word.your such a dear sweet person and I luv you so much!!!
    🙂 🙂 🙂

  5. NMetzler August 5, 2008 at 9:26 am #

    Very encouraging. Thank you.

  6. Kalani August 5, 2008 at 12:06 pm #

    My eyes were opened as I read this and learned more about our precious Savior. Thank you for this post – I’m going to print it out!

  7. kaysie August 5, 2008 at 3:51 pm #

    Beautiful post, Sara. I love your new “look”. 🙂
    You’ve been awarded the “Kindred Spirit Award” at my blog. Thank you for your friendship and encouragement! You are a true kindred spirit.
    God bless you!

    Kaysie

  8. Tricia (Mom) August 5, 2008 at 7:01 pm #

    Congrats, Sara, on the Kindred Spirit Award. Your blog is always so Christ-honoring and an encouragement to young and old alike! May you continue to bring Him glory in all that is written here. Love you…..

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