Would you rather have a $20 million-dollar mansion or a home in Heaven? Why not settle for both? The Bible gives us several examples of godly men who enjoyed material prosperity such as Abraham, Job, and Solomon. But sometimes we’re tempted to look at their affluence alone as a sign of God’s blessing. We start thinking, If that’s what a “blessed life” looks like, I might as well quit now because I won’t ever have that many blessings.
God wants to bless us, but His benefits are not always material. He may choose to give us abundance, but that’s not what He has promised. He promises spiritual blessings to believers today. But regardless of what blessings we are given, we have an obligation to use them for His glory. You may never be a millionaire like Abraham (relatively speaking), but you have many physical blessings he never enjoyed. One example would be your possession of the complete canon of Scripture. God’s revelation isn’t a mystery to you as it was for Abraham. I assure you this will be of greater use than Abraham’s flocks and herds. You see, it’s not important what blessings we’re given, but how we use them.
In our materialistic society, it isn’t easy to look beyond the natural to see the spiritual significance of our blessings. You may be faithfully serving your church in an obscure position such as a maintenance worker or janitor. You’ve seen others gifted with musical or speaking abilities receive praise for their talents, while your contribution goes unnoticed. I encourage you to focus on your blessings. Stay faithful. Great will be your reward in Heaven.
It is better to be faithful than famous. — President Theodore Roosevelt
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.