Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee. (Deuteronomy 16:17 KJV)
Most today’s Christians may believe that the word blessing means prosperity or gaining money. Even though prosperity is the part of receiving of blessing from God, this is the only small part of it. The word blessing means prosperity (not only relates to money, but health and everything we already have in both physical and spiritual), praise of God, a gift, and treaty of peace. Do you know why we say bless you after someone would sneeze? Is because we’d want that person to get well? If we wouldn’t know what is behind two simple words, why are we saying it?
And then there’s another wrong way to use God’s blessing. Most media evangelists have misused the definition of blessing and prosperity. They interpret these two words as related to the finance and nothing else. It’s all about how we can become rich in Christian lives. It’s self-serving Christian living method that we may hear on Christian TV/radio, books, and other merchandises.
Let’s read what Jesus said about blessing in Matthew 5:3-11: “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.”
When God blesses us, He doesn’t give us what we’d need financially, but everything what we already have and don’t have. It’s sad for God to hear our mourning for blessing. He already knows what we need. But, are we blessing God? Do you thank Him to wake you up in the morning? Do you stop and praise and worship Him? If not, what do we deserve to ask Him for blessing? We’d need to reunite with Him and spend the time daily to build personal relationship. God only wants from us is to build one-on-one relationship.
Would you like to have personal relationship with God? If you’d like to know Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, I’d like to encourage you to do two simple things. First, confess your sins and invite Jesus Christ to your life. Paul said in Romans 10:9-11, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” There is no sinner prayer formula. Instead, you just talk to God at where you are now. Secondly, I’d like to encourage you to find a good solid biblical teaching church and Christian friends. They can help you to build strong relationship with God.