We wrapped up the Blessed Life Study on Sunday with a Q&A Session conducted by Pastor Clark and Pastor Josh. Pastor Clark defined the Blessed Life as: God’s supernatural ability working in our lives.
I love this definition. I believe there is a common misconception that being blessed simply means receiving or having “stuff” – something tangible, something measurable. And while I wholeheartedly believe blessings can be tangible and measurable, it goes so much deeper than that. God’s supernatural ability working in our lives can play itself out in a number of ways. Maybe we get blessed with an unexpected gift. I can’t tell you the number of times in my life where I had a physical or financial need, and out of nowhere, with no prodding, someone helped meet that need. Maybe we are given something we’ve always wanted to have, or we’re able to experience something we’ve always wanted to experience – something we would never do for ourselves. These would all be classified as blessings.
But when we look at God’s supernatural ability working in our lives, the blessed life would also include other things, maybe not as measurable. Things like having peace when all Hell breaks loose in our lives. Things like finding the strength to stay positive when we face a setback, or get a bad diagnosis. Many times, seeing God’s hand in not-so-great times is one of the greatest blessings we can receive.
As Pastor Clark mentioned on Sunday, when we look at God’s blessings, some things are just freely given… theologians refer to a lot of these things as common grace. Things we take for granted most of the time, but would be devastated if they weren’t there… (I am grateful I don’t have to create/produce oxygen for me to be able to bring in with every breath I take). There are also blessings we position ourselves to receive simply through obedience. The Bible clearly communicates the principle of sowing and reaping. So the question becomes, what am I doing to position myself to receive blessings that God desires to pour out? How do I treat those who mistreat me? Do I show love to those I come in contact with? Am I kind? Do I forgive quickly? Am I generous? Do I look for way to serve others?
As you go throughout the day today – look for ways to be a blessing. Look for ways to be used by God. I believe as you do, you will continue to see the blessings of God evident in your life!
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