My friend, may I ask you a question? If God’s blessings are abundant, always measured beyond that which may be contained within us, should we choose to flow them out or choose to keep them within? One way or another, is the burden bourn at our own risk or delivered to others as their benefit?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
I’ve maintained a freshwater aquarium for many years. At times I’ve stocked the aquarium with plastic plants, but over the past few years I’ve opted for live plants, as they look more natural and, more importantly, help to clean the tank as well as enhance oxygen levels in the water. Using a process called photosynthesis, the plants convert carbon dioxide, (a byproduct produced by the fish) as well as water and light energy, to generate new cells and repair damaged ones. The process is extremely efficient, except that it does produce its own byproduct–oxygen. While the plants use some of that oxygen for themselves, the majority of it is of no use to them. With no place to go other than out of the cells and into pathways within the plants that expel it through pores in the leaves, small bubbles of oxygen form and bubble out into the tank ecosystem. If the excess oxygen isn’t expelled the cells will burst and the plant dies. The process helps to maintain the oxygen levels in the tank naturally, keeping the plants healthy and benefitting the fish. Plants and fish coexist within the benefit of a self-sustaining, well-functioning ecosystem.
Similar to those plants, we’re anointed daily, heavenly blessings divinely showered in excess of our needs. These work within to restore and lift up, yet there’s an additional byproduct–the overflowing blessings of God unmeasurable, as is the nature of unbounded grace. Unlike those plants, however, we have the choice to flow those blessings out or hoard them within. The first embodies love, the other lust. One is delivered as a benefit, the other bourn at a great risk.
Here’s a story. One morning R.C. Chapman, a devout Christian, was asked how he was feeling. “I’m burdened this morning!” was his reply. But his happy countenance contradicted his words. So the questioner exclaimed in surprise, “Are you really burdened, Mr. Chapman?” “Yes, but it’s a wonderful burden–it’s an overabundance of blessings for which I cannot find enough time or words to express my gratitude!” Seeing the puzzled look on the face of his friend, Chapman added with a smile, “I am referring to Psalm 68:19, which fully describes my condition. In that verse the Father in heaven reminds us that He ‘daily loads us with benefits.’” (Source Unknown.)
When we see God’s blessings as a heaping, not just a helping, it places a different perspective on God’s grace. Holiness embodies a willingness to understand the nature of God’s bounty as well as the need to share it. The problem is, like those aquarium plants possessing a need to dispense beyond consumption alone, we need to be able to recognize that the purpose of God’s blessings is to network through us unto others, returning to him in worship. It should be our daily focus, else our blessings may assume a bitter taste. As we receive we pour out; in so doing we take what blesses us and make it a blessing for others. Never clutch what blesses you. Be willing to release it and discover the nature of what really blesses you as well as others.
We pray. Heavenly Father, how rich are your blessings? How abundant and generous your grace? When we examine in our hearts the compelling nature of how you care and by what standards, we stand in awe. Forgive us Lord when we consider your blessings ours and ours alone. May we be daily reminded of our responsibility to share what blesses us with others so that through our love you will be glorified. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day.
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