The True You: Blessed

“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).

#blessed. If you look up that hashtag on social media you’ll find all sorts of things people feel “blessed” about. At the time of writing this, on Instagram there are over 114 million posts tagged with #blessed. I did it just now and the first picture was a guy standing by his Lamborghini… 

But I don’t want to talk about material blessings today. In fact, Scripture warns us against hoarding material possessions so that they don’t lead our hearts astray (Matthew 6:19). I want to talk about the blessings we have because of our identity in Christ. The True You is Blessed.

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The picture of this has been building over the last few weeks in our devotionals. In Christ we are Accepted, Loved, Forgiven, Adopted, and Redeemed. All of these, bundled together, is an incredible blessing in and of itself.

But God wasn’t done yet.

The Apostle Paul writes to the Romans, “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). Wow. Not only did God redeem us, He’s prepared to “graciously give us all things.” How do we know? He gave us His most precious possession: His only Son, Jesus.

Jesus emphasized God’s graciousness in His ministry when He said, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him” (Matthew 7:11)! As a father of three girls I know how strong the desire is to give my kids the best, and I’ve worked hard to do so. Can you imagine how much more our perfect, heavenly Father wants to give us the best?

Maybe you’re in a season of blessing and these Scriptures make perfect sense. To you I say, remember these times when the storms of life come your way. But, maybe you don’t feel this blessing at all right now. Maybe you feel like God isn’t listening to you, like He’s testing you. To you I say, hold on. The storm will pass. It always does. And when it does, you’ll be able to see more clearly that God was with you the entire time, and that your life wouldn’t be the same without the storm, and how the True You is a blessed child of God.