Thursday, September 18, 2014

Qualified For Blessings

"Giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light."
Colossians 1:12 (NKJV)

Did you know that not just anyone with athletic ability can compete in the Olympics?  There are athletes who train for years trying to earn a spot on a team or in a certain event to compete in the Olympics.  But to compete at that level you first have to qualify for a position.  The same is true in other sports where people must first compete to qualify before they can actually participate in the sporting event.  We can see the same thing in other areas of life like in qualifying for a home loan or in being eligible to go to a certain school by having the necessary grades.

There are a lot of Christians who think they still have to earn the blessings God provided through Jesus; they are still trying to qualify themselves for something that already belongs to them!  Through Jesus we have already been qualified to receive all of the blessings of God.  Too many people focus more on the work they do than on the work that Jesus did.  The truth is that none of us could ever be good enough or work hard enough to qualify ourselves for anything that God has.  That's why it is good to know that through Jesus we are already qualified for blessings.

We need to know who we are in Christ and what belongs to us.  If you don't know what Jesus provided for you then you can't take advantage of it.  The Bible tells us that God will supply all of our needs (Philippians 4:19), that God will guide us and direct us (Psalm 32:8), that God will give life and strength to our body by the Holy Spirit (Romans 8:11), and that through Jesus God gives us a peace that passes all understanding (John 14:27; Philippians 4:7).  Whatever you need, find out what God said about it in His Word and know that because of Jesus you are already qualified for the blessings!

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