Do you want to be Blessed?
from Called to Conquer by Bishop Eddie Long
Thursday, September 15
The More You Bless, the More You Will Be Blessed
Today’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:11–17
Key Verse: Matthew 13:12
Whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.
God will give more to anyone who already has something, and He will take away from anyone who has nothing. It sounds like foolishness, does it not? It sounds like a reverse—Robin Hood scheme where you take away from the poor and give to the rich. Nevertheless, that is what God said.
What does it mean? God is saying, “I will give more to the person who is a good steward over what I have given him. I will bless the one who is obedient in the principles that I have given him. I will do it by taking away what I have given to people who are poor stewards and disobedient servants.” It is important to notice that God is not talking about heathens. He is talking about church folks.
You were happy when you got that large tax refund check, but then all those unexpected problems cropped up. ip—the stove went out. Bam—your transmission broke down. If these kinds of calamities are happening to you on a level that you cannot attribute to coincidence, then you should check your stewardship. God may be taking from you and giving to somebody else to help you step back into alignment with His way of doing things. This may not be the case, but you would be wise to carefully consider your ways.
Just think about it. The next time God gives you new furniture, do not sell your old furniture at a yard sale. Go find somebody who needs it and give it to him! Bless somebody. The more you bless, the more you will be blessed. This is not rocket science; it is simply the divine law of sowing and reaping in action.
Heavenly Father, the blessings You have given me seem to be slipping through my fingers. A wave of problems suddenly came to siphon away my resources. Holy Spirit, search my heart and show me if there is any unrepented-of sin or ungodly way in my life. I ask for forgiveness and restoration in Jesus’ name. I commit all that I have and all that I long for to You. Make my life acceptable to You, Lord. I ask You to once again grant me Your grace, mercy, favor, and abundant provision so I can be a blessing.