Equal Opportunity Options

Ephesians 2:16
Christ brought us together through his death on the cross. The Cross got us to embrace, and that was the end of the hostility. Christ came and preached peace to you outsiders and peace to us insiders. He treated us as equals, and so made us equals. Through him we both share the same Spirit and have equal access to the Father.

Ever wonder why some persons seem to have all the “luck”?  Get frustrated that some seem to be “extra” blessed?  Happens every day when we say, “Gee, wish that I had that or why doesn’t that happen for me?”  Yes, we have all been guilty of saying those things or wanting what someone else has.  We stand there looking at what we have been dealt in this life and get disappointed when we see what someone else is bragging about.  Such thoughts certainly went through my head as I was knee deep in the middle of chaos.  Seeing families with what seemed to be perfect lives.  Walking hand in hand on the beach after years of being happily married.  Kids who aced at school and seemed content with what life had handed them.  Families not struggling to make ends meet, what did I do wrong to get this life I am in?

I was not asking to be spoiled by God in any way, shape or form, I just was asking for favor.  I wasn’t the type of person who felt comfortable just asking for things.  I had made some bad choices in my life to end up where I was.  If only I had been following God more closely.  If only I had God as the center of my life 100%.  If only..if only…if only.  I could bore you to death with all the excuses I had for not asking God to work in my life.  It wasn’t until that day, my daughters 15th birthday as I was standing in a hospital room listening to lies, that I finally looked up to heaven and asked for help.  From that day forward, God has been teaching me about faith, favor and blessing.

If you had asked me a few years ago if I would feel this way about my life, I would have said, “I have not lived a life deserving of such love and favor.  I made too many bad choices and have not followed as I should the way of the Lord.”  Why should God bless me?  Who am I that someone is paying $5,000 to have my teeth fixed?  What is so special about me?  Yeah I survived my marriage issues.  I have blessed a few people here and there.  I have shared Jesus with those who will listen.  What is so special about that?  Know what it is?  God created us for a purpose….a relationship with Him.  The more we are obedient and open to the blessings He wants to pour into our lives, the more He CAN give.  We often hinder what God can do in our lives because we are not open to the possibilities.

Let me try to explain this.  When I was at my worst, I did not feel like I could even ask for God to do anything for me.  I felt guilty for not choosing to go to Him for provision.  I felt undeserving of grace as it was me who has wandered away, He did not take it away from me.  I was in a place where I wanted to cry out but I did not think God would even listen to me after the last time I said, “Lord I promise to be good if you just do this one thing for me one more time.”  No need to raise your hand if you have ever been there in that place.  I am here to tell you that God wants to bless you and all you have to do is find faith and ask.

James 4:2

New Living Translation (NLT)

2 You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.

I felt trapped in an endless cycle of unfavor.  Continually saying,”Why me Lord?” (often scream this to the heavens)  Towards the end of my ordeal, I was just frantic, pulling myself into a ball and crying out to God.  Now granted God spared me and He was near me the whole time, I just had my eyes shut tight, hoping God would just step in and this whole situation would just go away.  Well God DID step in a save me from my storm and now as I seek Him daily, He spoils me; not in a bad way, just enough to show me just how much He really does love me.  The more I look to Him for provision, He provides.  The more I set things down for Him to be in control of, the more He is able to do in my life.  And lastly, the more I bless others in His name and for His glory, the more abundantly He can bless me.

We all have equal access to the Father.  God desires to bless all of His children not just a chosen few.  We have not what we desire in our hearts because we do not ask.  What is hindering you from asking God for things?  I know it’s tough, but I know you can do this, no matter what you are walking out of.  The God we serve is gracious, loving, kind and He desires to see us happy and content because if we are happy and content, then we are more willing to share the Good News so that more can see His goodness.  See the win, win situation?  I challenge you to examine yourself to see where you are hindering God in your life.  I know that I know, He loves you just as much as He loves me in His equal opportunity environment.  Be open to His blessings and do not tremble in fear when you want to ask God for something.  He is true to His word and you are equally deserving of His blessings!

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