I have just returned from an amazing adventure in Rwanda and Uganda. I had to almost pinch myself many times as I did so many things that I have dreamt of doing since I was much younger.
God has surprised me with many unexpected blessings as I have grown older. I love the way he pushes me from the shore to the deep ocean. Lyrics from the worship song ‘Oceans’ by Hillsong United read…
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown…
Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me…
For I am Yours and You are mine
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders…
Let me walk upon the waters
Wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
When I left my job at the King’s School in July as a teacher, I was given the painting above. My amazing friends probably did not realise how significant this image would be to me and how it rings true with the lyrics of ‘Oceans’.
I love being a follower of Jesus because he has turned my life around and blessed me with things I never thought I could attain.
2 Corinthians 3:3 (NIV) reads, ‘You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.’
When I recently discovered this verse, it challenged me. God has blessed us with his Holy Spirit and written Him into our lives. I know not many people write letters now but I still love to put pen to paper and love receiving handwritten notes and cards. I felt God telling me that just as He has written to me by his Holy Spirit, and I needed to share, by my life, that letter with those around me. I am blessed and I need to share that blessing with those around me by the way I live my life as I tackle both difficult and good times.
In Ephesians 1:3 (NIV) it says, ‘Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.’
I believe God has blessed you and I, and with blessings greater than the material things of this world. He has blessed us by becoming our Father and adopting us into his family. He forgives us all of our wrongdoings when we kneel before him and ask for his forgiveness.
If we believe in Jesus, it is not what we gain but what he pours through us that really counts. If you like, he is not trying to bless us just to make us like succulent grapes, but to make us grapes that he might squeeze the sweetness out of. Our spiritual life cannot be measured by success as the world measures it, but only by what God pours through us and we can’t measure that at all!
I love the story in Mark 14 of a woman who blesses Jesus by breaking open a jar of expensive perfume and pouring it over him. Those watching were disgusted: ‘…what a waste of such expensive perfume,’ they moaned.’ However, Jesus commended her for her extravagant act of devotion. Jesus was overjoyed that out of the blessings the woman had received, she wanted to bless him. I think Jesus loves it when he sees us doing what this woman did; not being bound by a particular set of rules, but being totally surrendered to him.
God has blessed us so much by pouring out the life of his Son so that we can become his followers. Are we prepared to do the same for him? Now is the time to ‘break open the jar’ of our own lives and to pour them out before him.
We are blessed to be a blessing!