Where God is taking you, there are some things you don’t need to feed your body, mind, and spirit. It’s not enough to just pray about it. God is requiring more. Change is painful. But still good. Growth cost something. It requires sacrifice. God is stretching us. He’s stretching those spiritual muscles. Physical exercise is beneficial to the natural body. Spiritual food and exercise is beneficial for eternity. Stay focused. Run the race.
In the natural, we all love to receive gifts. Gifts come in different sizes and types. Sometimes we get more caught up in the size of the gift, instead of what the gift is, or the Giver. We do the same thing in the spiritual. We compare the gifts in one another and put more value and emphasis on certain ones. We may devalue a person based on whether we like, or are drawn to the gift in them. When someone has a gift that’s like yours, you’re cool about it. If someone’s gift is different than yours, and it rubs you the wrong way, you may find yourself disliking that person. Is it the person, or you dislike their gift? Are you envious and jealous of their gift?
What about the blessings God gives us? Do you compare blessings? God blesses your brother or sister with a house. He blessed you with a house also. Their house is HUGE. Your house is not as big. Does God love them more because their house is bigger than yours? Do you wonder if they are spiritually richer than you because their blessing is bigger? Do you leave their home thinking about your blessing and asking God why He didn’t bless you with a bigger house? It never occurred to you that you’re not homeless and appreciate that fact. You’re more focused on the size of their blessing.
If someone gets blessed before you do, it doesn’t mean they are more special than you, and vice versa. If God blesses you later, it doesn’t mean that God is holding out delivering your gift because your gift is more special – that would be showing favoritism. There is no favoritism in the Kingdom of God (Romans 2:11). He loves us the same. He blesses us the same. God chooses the timing of our blessings for different reasons. He chooses the way our blessings may come, but we should never compare them. The enemy wants you to compare them. He wants to put doubt in your mind. He wants to stir up strife, envy, competition, and jealousy. Those are deeds of the flesh (Galatians 5:19-21).
God sees us as ONE Body (Romans 12:4-5). Each member of the Body has a different function, but they all need each other.
It’s time to get off the comparison train and learn to love and respect the gifts God has given us. Focus on the Giver, Jesus Christ. REJOICE with one another. Every good and perfect gift comes from above (James 1:17).
How many of us know associates or friends that love to unload their issues and problems on other people? The only time they call someone is when they have a problem. Now don’t get me wrong. Everyone needs to have a confidant they know won’t share their private thoughts or concerns with anyone else. They trust that person. They depend on that person to keep a secret. They don’t see that person as a gossiper or backstabber. That’s not the totality of their friendship or relationship.
I’m talking about people that want to talk to you about their problems, but don’t want to do anything to change them. They only talk about it. They want to get your opinion about it, but don’t take your advice to make a change. To grow. It goes in one ear, and out the other. But yet they continue to call you. That’s what they do. You know their MO.
The question is, why do you put up with it? The more you listen to their problem, the more you find yourself getting involved in their drama. Their issues have attached itself to you. You find yourself getting intimate with this person’s decision to gossip, hold a grudge, cause discord and confusion. You find yourself disliking the people they are talking about, and you may not even know them. This is absolutely draining. Not only does this affect your spirit, it can affect your health.
It’s time to make a change. Time to make a choice. Don’t receive drama and toxic people into your life and spirit. That’s foolish. Make room for love, happiness, peace and joy. Respect and love yourself. Go where the love is. You deserve it.
There are so many things in life we can find ourselves chasing after. And that would include titles, positions, cliques, acceptance, affirmation, the ladder of success, etc. The lists could go on and on. Never let these things be the sole purpose for your joy, your passion, or feeling you belong. These things alone will never take the place of what is missing in your spirit and heart. The only person who can fill the emptiness is Jesus Christ. That’s because in all reality we were created for Him. It’s all about those things that are eternal. As different people come and go in our lives, we should always be mindful of the opportunities we have to minister life to them. Everyone has a story. Will we be a part of their story? Will we be the one who leaves an impact in their life? I want that. I want to hear my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ say to me, “Well done my good and faithful servant.”
On our journey in life, we all face struggles. Disappointments. Loneliness. Feeling forgotten. Fear. Insecurities. At times not understanding what God is doing. Wherever you are right now, the Holy Spirit wants to meet you there. He wants that intimacy with you just as much as you need it. He wants to reveal Himself to you in your dry places. Your wilderness. Your valley.