The family of God is the best family on this planet! We have all the amazing BLESSINGS that God provides to everyone who lives here like: air, water, food, sunshine, rain, health, relationships, physical family... Yet, for those who are IN CHRIST, we are filled up to overflowing with spiritual BLESSINGS. John says that it's because of Christ's GRACE that this happens.
In about a week's time, there have been over 40,000 views of the Youtube video of CHIP'S STORY, that I have posted on this blog. If you have time to watch it again or for the first time, notice what Chip says about God's family. It is so encouraging!
As I've pondered my BLESSINGS IN CHRIST, again today, I think of several of Christ's teachings:
- Matthew, Mark, and Luke all share Jesus' parable of the sower. Jesus says that there are different kinds of soil. You and I are the soil. We must make a choice as to whether or not we want to receive what Jesus plants in us. How? Will we be hard and difficult to work with? Will His water of life soak into us or just run off? OR, will we be easy to work with... to form and to shape? Will we allow His water of life to fill us up to overflowing?
- It really boils down to how Jesus began the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5: BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT, FOR THEIRS IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN...
- Then, there's our scripture memory for this month, from John 1, that reminds us that Jesus is this amazing balance of GRACE and TRUTH... and from that comes blessing after blessing...
I am certainly not shy to say that I'd like to receive those BLESSINGS in full measure!
.Have you counted your BLESSINGS IN CHRIST today?
Let Chip encourage us today, via the reading of John 1, which he recorded BEFORE his heat stroke: