“God doesn’t bless us so we can raise our standard of living. God blesses us so we can raise our standard of giving. The greatest blessing of a blessing is the ability to bless others because of it.”
(Mark Batterson – “If”)
Several of my friends and I were discussing contentment in a Bible class recently when the topic of our blessings came up. There’s no doubt that God blesses his faithful followers not only with spiritual blessings, but many times physical blessings as well. The question was posed whether in contentment we should be merely satisfied or satisfied but continuing to work hard . I think it comes down to our motivation for our hard work. Is it to glorify ourselves, to increase our own self-worth and our own lifestyle, or are we driven because it glorifies God and allows us to bless others from the fruits of our labor?
The Bible does in fact address this situation when discussing giving in the book of 2 Corinthians. Paul tells his readers that if we sow generously, we will also reap generously (2 Corinthians 9:6). We do not just work hard and have a generous heart because we want more for ourselves. We work hard and are generous because of what God has done for us. We are generous so that God will receive the reward (2 Corinthians 9:11).
God has gone far beyond meeting our needs with the blessings he’s given us. Maybe it’s time to consider using our additional resources to bless others instead of continually desiring to bless ourselves. It’s one more way we can show God that we have put our trust in him.