It was the usual devotional snapshot circulating around Facebook. I sometimes share them too (minus the “type Amen” or “share if you love Jesus” disclaimers). But something about this one caught my eye, and it happens to say a lot about how a lot of Christians think.
I don’t know who shared this image for the first time or who highlighted and underlined it oh so nicely, but he or she (I’m assuming “she” by all the pink.) underlined everything but the most important part: “Because I honor Him.” If you know anything about writing you know that because is just another way of saying “the reason for . . .” It’s awesome to declare that blessings will chase you down, but we must not neglect that the reason they do so is because we honor Him.
Too often Christians make the mistake of quoting half of a verse or quoting one verse out of context. Another problem is when we focus on the blessings and not the Blesser. I am currently believing God for important needs in my family life concerning relatives as well as our personal finances. God has, will, and is going to come through for us, because my husband and I honor Him. I should not expect God to work on my behalf if I don’t work on His behalf.
But what about grace? The fact that God gave up His Son for us is all the grace we could ever ask for or need. It’s as simple as life with my three year old. I would do anything I could to help him and never want to see him harmed. But at the same time, I will not reward disobedience or keep piling on rewards for his laziness. He has a chore chart and he knows to respect adults.
On the other hand, my four month old can get away with pretty much anything. To discipline her would be abuse. She is new to the world and does nothing out of intention. That is the reason God may seem to bless us like crazy for no reason when we are baby Christians. He is teaching us to trust in Him and showing us His power and love.
Just like my son now knows right from wrong, Christians should also grow in this knowledge and be held to a higher standard as they mature in their walks with Christ. As my son gets older he will be held responsible for more than he is now, and my daughter will eventually learn right from wrong as well.
It says in Luke 12:48, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded.” This passage in its entirety makes a great example of how we are to honor our Master with the blessings He has entrusted to us. Because He has already given us everything we could ever need.