In today’s practice of faith in Jesus Christ, we have all these desires to “be blessed” that occupies most of our hearts and time than to have a personal communion with Jesus. And so we only seek God when things aren’t exactly going the way we would prefer or when we want blessings from God.
I remember someone once was astonished by how much I was praying and asked me if everything was well with me because of my cries unto God. My simple answer was as follow “look at David, for example, he didn’t cry out to God because His riches were about to be taken away from him nor King Salomon for that matter.”
“…supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:5-6
In our pursuit of “blessings”, we get easily lost in what our Creator called us to. For God the Father called all men to come to know and to obey His Son, Jesus Christ.
Here’s what is written in the holy scriptures that Jesus Christ wants men to focus on but somehow we still convince ourselves to make the pursuit of “blessings” our first priority and some even make faith in Christ to be all about gain.
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:31-33
Jesus makes it clear that faith that is not of the gentiles but of the children of God seeks the kingdom of God first, and other things are given to them in due time.
Even when God blesses us it’s still with a purpose for us to grow in faith and communion with Jesus Christ. God’s intent for us is to walk out the life that He has called us to both in lacking’s and abundance.
This should be our faith in Jesus Christ with all humbleness of heart:
“…I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:11-13