The organization I work for doesn’t close shop for every holiday. Instead, those holidays are saved for the end of the year so that we can have roughly two weeks off during Christmas. Usually we have to take one or two annual leave days to finish off the week. We received word that the governor declared another holiday so we get to save a day of leave. Some of the perks with the job I have are really nice, and these two weeks off for holiday are just one of them. The organization is generous in many ways, but it’s not personal. It’s business. Still and all, if I showed up for work on those closed days I wouldn’t be taking advantage of the benefit. It would do me and my organization no good.
God is no great impersonal benefactor doing business for His cause. He loves us. His benefits are out of this world. He doesn’t just answer prayers and grant us blessings too many to recite, He is the answer to our prayers. Life is rough. Days drag on. Nights get long. But our God is with us in the midst of it all. He isn’t some distant being waiting in the heavens. No He is LORD of both heaven and earth. We will be with Him in heaven, but because He loves us, we have the Holy Spirit presence abiding in us all the days of our lives. Whatever is going on, He’s got us covered. He takes care of us not only when we get to heaven but here and now.
Oh beloved, the Word of God shares all your benefits as a child of God. It all begins with His love! It’s time for you to bask in this knowledge and live for His glory. The things you worry about are already taken care of by the Lord. The troubles you face have an army of Heaven’s angels attending to them. The enemy of your soul wants you to believe that none of God’s benefits are for you. He wants you to show up and try to work for your salvation. He wants you to live under the gun of disappointment, condemnation and drudgery. But God wants you to live for His Glory and enjoy every single benefit of being His heir, so much more than an employee. You don’t work for God, you live for Him. He sets the pace of your life, whether it’s home or work or church. He alone has all the rights to your work ethic, but that is a sideline to your relationship with Him.
God loves you and He’s for you! Doesn’t that cover everything? Every one of our benefits with God begins with love. Even salvation is a gift, it is nothing of your doing. It’s Christ, who went to the Cross to secure your benefit of living in heaven eternally. Let God love you. Keep learning of His love until you get it – for this benefit is above all others. You are His beloved and He is yours. Nothing will ever separate you from Him. And His benefits are forever and eternal. Rejoice and live in the Light of His Glory and grace!
John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.
Psalm 116:12-13 What can I offer the LORD for all He has done for me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and praise the LORD’s name for saving me.
Psalm 103:1-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle.