03 Oct More Blessed!
1 Corinthians 9:9–10 (NKJV)
9 For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain.” Is it oxen God is concerned about? 10 Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope
Recently I woke up with tremendous anxiety in my heart. Our ministry was faced with overwhelming and pressing needs and on top of that it felt like every demon in hell was launching an attack on me and my family. You know what? I felt like complaining and moaning. But instead, I shot up a prayer: “Lord, I receive your grace for this.”
I know I sound very spiritual, but I promise you I wasn’t. No angel appeared. No notification on my cell phone to say that a lot of money had been deposited into my account. No phone call from a lawyer informing me that I had a rich uncle in the UK who has left me a large inheritance. Nothing. (You thought this was going the other way, didn’t you? Keep on reading – it gets better.)
Later that morning I bumped into another pastor whom I have known for many years but haven’t seen in a long time. When I saw him, I knew that God was up to something. I clearly felt an unction in my heart to bless him. He pastors a church in a squatter camp and God told me to take what is in our account and give it to him. Coincidently I was standing next to an ATM when that instruction came through – yes, God has a sense of humour.
But you know what, when I did it the heaviness fell off me. My heart was filled with hope. I no longer felt like God had forgotten me. My problems didn’t seem as big as I thought they were. It is truly more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35).
When you are feeling down – be deliberate and give some encouragement to someone. When your emotions are getting the better of you – be intentional and give someone a call and just speak words of love to them. When you are worried about finances – give something away that will be a blessing to someone else. When you are low on energy – why don’t you help out at your church or help someone who isn’t in a position to help themselves? That way we become partakers of hope!
Sometimes the answer to our troubles comes by just acting in the opposite spirit of how we feel. God is not trying to take something away from you; He is setting you up for a blessing. He is helping you to get the focus off of you! Self-occupation is a sure recipe for depression. It means your focus is on self and not on what Jesus has accomplished on the cross.
Don’t sit around and wait for blessings from God – He already blessed you when He died for you on the cross. Now walk in that new identity and go and be a blessing to someone else!