I’m sure we’ve all thought this a time or two (maybe more) in our lives.
We may work at getting better with our finances, maybe even sacrifice for a while (or longer) and notice that large numbers of people seem to be getting ahead of us—even excelling far beyond us.
We think it’s not fair. After all, we are drawing closer to the Lord, reading the Bible more than before, and even increased our giving—waiting for the Lord’s blessing. We wait for our time, our moment, our break.And many times, it doesn’t happen. What’s wrong? we wonder. Is God even hearing my prayers? “Hello? Is this thing on?”
May I submit that we have a faulty measuring stick? We look on the outward appearance, the nice car, the nicer home, the vacations we see others bragging about on Facebook, their beaming smiles—but God looks on the heart. This is not to say that Christians who have some material blessings have hearts that do not please God. It IS to say that our eyes affect our hearts to where we start making comparisons between ourselves and them(which the Apostle Paul warns as being unwise—2 Cor. 10:12) and we let ourselves get discontent, jealous, bitter, and even angry with God.
More stuff and more money are most often notthe goal. All things temporal will burn, will pass away with this earth. What we do for the cause of Christ will be remunerated with eternal rewards (many will be physical) as well as blessings for today. So, what are some of the blessings and rewards from the Lord during this life that we may not see, and are not tangible?
Foremost of these blessings is a close walk with Jesus. Think about it. The One who spoke and made ALL things in six, twenty-four-hour days, who gave you breath, gave you life, gave His for yours— wants to spend time with you, now! He wants you to walk with Him, to abide with Hum, and have close fellowship. My friend, there is nothing in this life that could possible compare with that amazing privilege!
The indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead, dwells in you. We can know that we are in the will of God and warned when we are about to veer away from His will, as the Spirit guides and convicts our hearts. Those without Christ would gladly pay a fortune to have the “power of God” within them—and we see one such account in the book of Acts when Simon (the sorcerer) offered the Apostles money so that he too might receive the Holy Ghost (Acts 8:18).
Wisdom. Not world-wise nor book smart, but the wisdom that comes from the Omniscient Creator of Heaven and earth who, by wisdom, created all things—and we are not limited in receiving wisdom. God challenges us to ask Him for wisdom and do not doubt when we ask, and He gives wisdom freely to those (His children) who ask.
Consider the Strong’s definition of the word abundantly, as used in John 10:10 “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”
Abundantly: life real and genuine, a life active and vigorous, devoted to God, blessed, in the portion even in this world of those who put their trust in Christ, but after the resurrection to be consummated by new accessions (among them a more perfect body), and to last for ever.
In light of these priceless privileges and blessings, the things of earthdo indeed grow strangely dim, in the light of glory and grace!