Brothers and sisters, we are blessed. God has showered incredible blessings upon us – and quite honestly, sometimes we do not recognize our blessings. Personally, I have been blessed with an incredible wife – a woman who stands behind me and supports me. We have an amazing daughter who we never envisioned – yet God knew the plans he had for us. We sometimes face a tight budget but we never want for food. And even in the younger days of my life, when I did face want – when at home we did not have enough, or the bills were long overdue, I was blessed. There were always family members who provided some care. But blessings are not just about physical things. I am blessed by God and so are you. God has seen me through all sorts of bad times, and He has given me an abundance of good times. When I turned to Him, He provided a path for me, a path filled with blessings and hope. Blessed be the name of the Lord.
But if we are so blessed by God, why do we put so many limits on ourselves? Why can’t we “be all that we can be” or better put, why can’t we be all that God wants us to be? The prophet Jeremiah uttered these Godly words; “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” God has plans for you and for me. His plans are to build us up, not to harm us. His plans are to bless us – and in turn we are to bless others.
In John’s gospel, Jesus says these words: I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. Jesus’ vision for abundant life is not about material goods – but a life lived out in service to God. A life of incredible blessings as we follow God’s will for our lives. Imagine if we lived life as God calls us, knowing that he has a plan for us, a plan not to do us harm but plans to prosper us, to give us hope and a future. Imagine life if we actually lived up to God’s expectations for us. Imagine, or better yet…instead of imagining this, let’s just do it. Let’s recognize all the blessings God has bestowed upon us, let us give Him all the thanks and praise, let’s live every step of our lives with him and share our blessings with the world. Let’s go forward knowing that when we do God’s work, we can achieve far more than we can imagine.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.