May 2, 2016

Can You Identify? – Part 4

by Ashley Jensen in Blog, Christianity, COMMUNICATE, LIFE

Part 3 – How to Be Blessed

I’m continuing a multi week blog series called, “Can You Identify?” I’m pretty excited about it because during these weeks you’ll find some type of identity within these blogs and what you can do to become, “more like Jesus” through it.

This week I want to talk about what to do when you are doing everything right and someone who seems to be doing nothing or less than you, gets the blessing that you were hoping for. You go to church, you pay your bills, you don’t cuss, you tithe, you aren’t blatantly in sin, you’re doing everything right, BUT, nothing seems to be happening, you feel like God isn’t blessing you. Then you look up and see someone who seems to be doing the exact opposite and they have the great family and all the financial blessing you want! What gives? Can you identify?

Well let’s jump into a story that may bring some perspective to this situation.

Luke 10:38-42 NIV 
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Here’s a great story of two different types of believers. One is busy about the business of Jesus and one is receiving from Jesus. Jesus sets things straight. He isn’t opposing doing things for Him, He opposes doing things that don’t matter for Him. When we take the time to sit at the feet of Jesus and receive His love, His mercy, His impartation, then we receive His blessing. Don’t get me wrong, we should be productive, notice I said productive and not busy. We should be productive but we should be doing the one thing that matters and that is spending time with Jesus.

Matthew 6:31-34
31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

When we focus on Him the blessing will come. Let’s stop comparing our blessings with someone else’s and focus on being grateful for what we do have.

I’d love to hear how you identify with this story! Leave your comments below.

One Comment

  1. Kimberly Ferguson
    May 2, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I love this because I can identify with some of these things, my life of obedience gave up men,five years ago, wrote three book’s to minister, giving, no car for 23 months, in college failed two classes walking and fighting with my five year old, school refused to reimburse my cabs,no parents helped,my mom lived further, I was angry because I am a advocate who fights and speaks for others and volunteer at the school and the other mom’s never do. I was angry, disappointed. God was not pleased with Huntsville. Many times I said I regret helping women giving out many free books. I had to see the big picture that God is faithful and he is my support and I have to rely. I had to cry But I will always try. I can’t stop obeying God because of people. I am learning to keeping my eyes on God and remember that He will give me the victory this was only a test. I don’t always pass but I take the class over until I do the same lessons will come to teach me. I can’t move on to the next level until I pass and the next test is ten times harder but get it I must trust God to carry me through when I get tired.

  2. E. Watson
    May 3, 2016 at 4:36 am

    Thanking and praising Him for His Grace, Mercy, Loving kindness and HIS PROMISE of a NEW DAY every day. Amen
    Great Word!

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