The joy of blessing others
Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. He said, “I came naked from my mother’s womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The Lord gave me what I had, and the Lord has taken it away. Praise the name of the Lord!” In all of this, Job did not sin by blaming God. Job 1:20-22
From our text, Job gave us a summary of our condition; we do not own anything in this world. Our problem is that we tend to look at our possessions, whether material or physical, and claim that we earned them by our own ability and hard work. Thus, we think we have the right to have them permanently in our lives. Yet, Job gave us a perspective that nothing in this world is permanent and things we thought we own could easily be taken away. Everything Job had been taken away from him but in spite of this he still recognized God’s ownership of everything he had. We have what we have because of God. He called us to be His stewards and to bless others as God blesses us. This is what our Lord Jesus Christ told His disciples whether in times of plenty or in times of scarcity. “Give as freely as you have received!” (Matthew 10:8). He gave His disciples this command as they go announcing the coming of the Kingdom of God. God wants you to experience the joy of becoming His channels of blessings. ““For God loves a person who gives cheerfully” (2 Corinthians 9:7). If you struggle in obeying God to be used to be His channels of blessings to others it could be that you have been attached to the gift rather than the Giver. When you find it difficult to obey Him in blessing others then you have forgotten why He blesses you with all the possessions you have. All that you have were given to you because of His grace. “What do you have that God hasn’t given you? And if everything you have is from God, why boast as though it were not a gift?” (1 Corinthians 4:7). Think of all that God had entrusted to you and when given an opportunity to bless others, do not hesitate to respond to God’s leading. He wants you to be faithful by obeying Him when commanded to take an action as stewards of His blessings. “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2).