BLESSING #7 – God’s Workmanship

Followers of Jesus are described as God’s workmanship or fine craftsmanship.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.

We have probably heard the phrase that God doesn’t make junk. Quite the contrary. God only makes masterpieces… each uniquely designed by God for a significant purpose while in this life. God not only knows who we are, but He knows intimate details about us that some of us may scarcely know ourselves. God designed us, He created us, and now He has started a work in each of us He longs to bring to completion – resulting in yet another masterpiece. Be blessed in that you are a masterpiece in the making in the hands of Creator God.

BLESSING #6 – Victory over Sin

Disciples of Jesus have the promise and power to be victorious over sin.

Romans 6:14 For sin will have no dominion over you, since you are not under law but under grace.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

We are human, and therefore sinners. However, we are redeemed sinners. Since our redemption, we are no longer enslaved by the power of sin. The gift of salvation included the release from the bondage of sin and the power by the Holy Spirit to live above and be victorious over sin. This does not mean we are not tempted to sin. It does mean we have been given the means to turn our backs to sin and live in victory. Thank you, God, for the deliverance from the power of sin today.

BLESSING #5 – Ambassadors for Christ

Another incredible blessing of being a disciple of Jesus Christ is that we are His ambassadors on this earth.

Philippians 3:20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

2 Corinthians 5:20 Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

I Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

Ambassadors represent their home country on foreign soil. We have been entrusted – in fact, appointed – as representatives of the Kingdom of God here in the kingdom of this world. Our citizenship and loyalty lies with the Kingdom of God. He has chosen and called us into His royal family. Let’s represent our eternal homeland with honor, dignity, and distinction. What a blessing to be ambassadors of the King of Kings!

BLESSING #4 – Disciples of Jesus have Access to God’s Abundant Grace

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

Ephesians 2:18 For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

Grace is often described as unmerited favor. We receive something of value we don’t deserve. God’s unmerited favor toward us both saves us and enables us to live for Christ. God’s grace is unlimited – there is always more than what we will ever need – yet provided to us only in proportion as we need it. What a blessing to know that God will enable us to face whatever lies ahead when the time comes. Today, take some time to reflect on ways you have experienced God’s abundant grace in the past and the promise that He will always do so in the future – what a blessing!

BLESSING #3 – Disciples of Jesus are Sealed with the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Ephesians 1:13–14 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.

To be sealed means to be made secure. When an envelope is sealed with a melted wax seal it guarantees the contents are preserved for the intended recipient. The Holy Spirit seals us as one of the redeemed ones. We can have the assurance of being preserved for eternity when we are surrendered to His will. This is reason enough we should never want to grieve Him by disregarding His work in our lives. Think about the incredible blessing that is our when we know we are sealed or made secure with the Holy Spirit. Praise God!

BLESSING #2 – Jesus’ Disciples are Forgiven

Psalm 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

Colossians 2:13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses.

1 John 2:12 I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name’s sake.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Ephesians 1:7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.

God is holy and cannot tolerate any sin. We have all sinned and were separated from God because of His holiness. We deserve damnation. But God sent Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, to live a sinless life before being unjustly crucified. Jesus’ sacrificial death on the cross – the blood He shed in cruel torture – covers our sins when we believe. Today, lets ponder the blessing of having our sins forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ and having our consciences cleansed of guilt. One of the best ways to express our gratitude for our forgiveness is to extend forgiveness to others.

BLESSING #1 – Jesus’ Disciples are Born Again

John 3:3–8, 16-17 Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

Because of Jesus’ perfect and sinless sacrifice on the cross, we can be born again into His kingdom. When you consider the physical impossibility of being born a second time, we begin to comprehend the miraculous nature of the new birth. Today, stand in awe and consider the miracle of being born again.

Blessings of Following Jesus Christ

At times like this – when life is disrupted from normal routines – it is easy to become frustrated, anxious and discouraged. Disciples of Jesus Christ are not exempt. When we choose to follow Jesus, we surrender everything. We give up our rights, our privileges, our entitlements, our wills to the King on the throne of our hearts. Our posture is to be one of “What are your orders?”

In our humanity it is tempting (and easy) to focus on everything we give up for Jesus Christ. Considering what He gave up for our redemption, it pales in comparison. Yes, there is sacrifice. No, it is not all easy. At the same time, by focusing on ourselves we lose sight of the wonder of salvation. In addition, we fail to see the incredible blessings of being one of Jesus’ disciples. These blessings apply to all believers in all cultures around the world at all times. They do not promise physical and material (health & wealth) blessings some false gospels claim.

To the contrary, consider these words from Scripture:

James 1:2 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.

2 Timothy 3:12 Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.

Blessings come to us because they are promised by God. They are not dependent on circumstances, but, rather, on who God is. During this time of uncertainty about the future, I believe it is critical to ground ourselves in the truth of God’s Word and His promises. These are not temporary blessings that dissolve with an unexpected setback but promises and blessings that are grounded in eternal realities. During the month of May, I want to call each of us to consider a blessing each day for every disciple of Jesus Christ along with several verses of Scripture. I encourage you to claim these promises… these blessings and meditate on the Scriptures throughout the day.