Obligatory blessings

God doesn’t owe us anything at all.

In fact, we owed a debt to God, but instead of letting us pay the price for our sins, because of who he is, he sent his only beloved son to pay our debt by dying for our sins. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” Romans 6:23.

We tend to carry this heavy sense of entitlement on our shoulders. He has spoiled us so much with his blessings. his grace, his love, and his mercy that we now think we are entitled to it. This love that we are so undeserving of, grace that we could never earn, mercy that never fails us, God has given us all this; free of charge to us, but with a price that was so costly and dear to him.

Everything he has given us, he has given to us willingly; not because we sing the loudest at church, not because we attend bible study weekly, not because we give the largest offering, not because we volunteer at the homeless shelter every Friday, not because we serve at our churches, but because that’s his nature. It’s his nature to love, it’s his nature to give us good gifts. That’s just who he is. Our actions don’t dictate our blessings. “For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100:5

So, contrary to popular belief or opinion, God doesn’t owe us anything and he is not in the business of obligatory blessings. We owe everything we have to God, everything we are, everything we will ever be, we owe it to God.  This is not a tit for tat, “scratch my back, I scratch yours”, relationship.  God is not obligated to do anything for us. His constant grace, his constant mercy, and his oh so consistent and constant love is more than enough. Everything else is extra.

He does things for us, not because we give him an ultimatum, or because we do good deeds, or because he feels obliged to because we’ve been so good, but he gives to us and he does things for us because that’s who he is.

We feel like because we are doing what we were supposed to be doing in the first place, God must reinforce that behavior by blessing us. It’s like men who think that because they are nice to a woman, they’re entitled to a certain type of response from her and they deserve her unending attention. Once the woman does the opposite of what they want, they begin to throw a tantrum and rant about how women don’t deserve nice men and how they’re therefore turning into “bad” guys…Ok.

This only tells me that there was a motive behind the nice act. It was all about getting what you want. You’re not nice because that’s your character, you’re only nice because you think it’ll yield some type of results. It’s all an act that you’ve put on, and once you get what you want, you reveal your true self.

That’s exactly how we are with God. We pray and we do the right things so that God can bless us, once he finally blesses us, we forget to give him the glory and praise and we transform back to our former selves. We only remember God and are “nice” to him when we need something from him and even then, he still blesses us.

The thing is God already knows our true selves. He knows our heart, he knows our motives and he knows the reasoning behind our actions. So, you might have your everyone fooled, but you can’t fool God.  “Lord, you have examined me and you know me. You know everything I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts. You see me, whether I am working or resting; you know all my actions. Even before I speak, you already know what I will say” Psalm 139:1-4.

If your heart was truly sincere, and your character was upright, you would do things from a place of humility, out of gratefulness and without expectancy.

God is a good father and he withholds nothing good from his children. He will always show us love, so there’s nothing you can do that will halt that.  You’re not too whole or too broken to be blessed by God. There’s no mistake that you’ve made or sin that you’ve committed that will stop God from loving and blessing you. Likewise, God does not love or bless us simply because we are righteous and holy. “I will have mercy on anyone I wish; I will take pity on anyone I wish. So then, everything depends, not on what we humans want or do, but only on God’s mercy.” Romans 9:15-16

Don’t misinterpret this message as “I shouldn’t pray, be a good person, serve at church, or volunteer because God will only bless me if he feels like it.” That’s not the case at all. Do all these things, but let the motive be sincere. Trust in the goodness of God to bless you and not in your own goodness, because then you undermine the power of God and start to walk around as if it’s by your strength and power that you’re blessed.

The point is that God’s blessings are not dependent on our actions or lack thereof. This is not to say that we shouldn’t be good, but let your goodness be genuine because you reap what you sow.

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