God Isn't Blessing You Because You're Not Blessing Others

God Isn't Blessing You Because You're Not Blessing Others

We must give in order to receive.
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As Christians, we know that by accepting Jesus into our hearts and by believing Jesus died for our sins, we are saved and will gain entrance into Heaven. As Christians, we are fully aware of the importance of repenting for our sins and following the Word… But oftentimes we don’t look beyond that. Being a Christian is more than just obeying what you read in the pages of The Bible. It is about loving those and working hard for those around you, just as much as you love and work for God.

I catch myself frequently thinking about everything that’s wrong in my life. I focus on what needs to be fixed or improved, what I need strength and faith for. I pray and pray and pray… But it seems like I can only ever get halfway there. I thought to myself that maybe it was my prayer technique. I researched for days, trying to figure out how to pray effectively.

It wasn’t that.

I thought that perhaps my faith was just weak and that God was working on His own time. I was patient, never allowing myself to doubt the generosity of God.

It wasn’t that.

I thought that maybe it was because I needed to be more grateful, to praise God for everything that was right in my life, instead of dwelling on the negative. I thought that maybe my bitterness was blocking my blessings.

It wasn’t that (although it is very important to express gratitude on a daily basis).

I wracked my brain, wondering why I, a good Christian for the most part, seemed to never be able to progress not only physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. I felt like I was stuck in the same spot, economically, socially, and spiritually, unable to transform my situations or myself into something of greater value. I pray every day, barely sin (and repent when I do), attend worship sessions. I even sing in a Christian a capella group, for Christ’s sake. So what was the problem?

The problem is that I’m not a good Christian. I’m a ‘paper Christian’, a person that follows the rules, but doesn’t live the life. Yes, I worship with other Christians around me, yes, I pray to God and I have a great relationship with Him, but what am I doing for the world? How am I upholding my duty as a Christian in relation to those that aren’t saved? How am I upholding my duty as a Christian, simply by loving mankind and serving those around me?

Jesus is the epitome of the perfect human. He is kind, gracious, forgiving, and most importantly, he is a humanitarian. As Christians, sometimes we focus too much on what we’re doing in our own lives and not what we’re doing in others. It is our duty to spread the Word and to help others, not just to pray and avoid sin. Those things are important, but they are not the only things God wants for us.

In order to receive blessings, we must bless others, and that’s a realization I came to after months and weeks of struggling. I had to remove myself from my personal bubble and realize that I cannot call myself a Christian if I am not extending the love God gives to me to other people. Heaven is God’s domain, the Earth is ours. It is our responsibility to carry out his teachings and apply them to our lives to make the world a better place. If you find yourself asking why God doesn’t answer your prayers, think first about what you’ve done for someone else recently. God is giving, but it is not a one-sided relationship: we must give back as well.

“One who is gracious to a poor man lends to the Lord, And He will repay him for his good deed” (Proverbs 19:17).
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5 Things To Do When Your Professors Challenge Your Beliefs As A Christian

As long as you know God is FOR you, it doesn't matter who is AGAINST you.

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Being a Christian in our world today is very, very challenging. There are many misconceptions about our beliefs and our morals, as well as people who believe we don't practice what we preach.

As a college student, I've come across many professors who enjoy challenging my beliefs due to the "lack of evidence" or the "impossibility" of the circumstances. While it frustrates me to no end, I've had to learn that arguing and debating with people who don't believe in God is pointless. They aren't going to change their mind and there's no way a college student is going to change that.

Arguing will get you nowhere, people are going to believe what they want to believe and we can't change that. Instead of trying to debate with your professors, do these five things instead. I assure you, you'll get much more out of them than an argument.

1. Pray

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Pray to God to help you and your belief remain strong, but also pray that the Holy Spirit finds them and touches their heart. A heart that isn't filled with God is an awfully sad one.

2. Acknowledge that people don't always agree with your beliefs

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If someone tried to convince you that God isn't real, you're not going to listen to their points or anything else that they have to say. Acknowledge that people think differently and sometimes you can't change that. Only God can.

3. Drop the class

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This is really a last resort, but it's also understandable. I would hate to have to sit in a class where I felt personally attacked for over an hour each day. If you find yourself in this position, get OUT.

4. When things get too difficult-- bathroom break

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Sometimes all you really need is a breather. When the lecture gets too tough, ask to go to the bathroom, get some water, and say a prayer.

5. Read your Bible

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This is the most important one. Your bible has all of the answers, no matter the circumstance. If you find yourself unable to cope with the challenges the professor presents to you, open the bible and start reading. God will fill your heart and put your mind at ease.

It's hard enough feeling out of place in today's society, just because of your beliefs. Then to have someone constantly challenging everything you base your life off of? That's even more difficult!

But instead of arguing, choose one of these five things to do. It will be a much better use of your time and you'll feel much better about it than you would by arguing with someone.

Who knows, maybe one day God will touch their heart and things will be different. God's pretty powerful and can change things in an instant. Trust him.

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Dear Christians, Think Twice Before You Invite A Non-Christian To Your Church

It's important to be sensitive to the many faiths people around you adhere to.

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Christians,

I understand you sharing verses from the Bible comes from good intentions.

I understand you explaining to me the teachings of Jesus comes from good intentions.

I understand you inviting me to your church comes from good intentions.

The issue is that not everybody is as tolerant of your evangelical mission. In fact, many may see it as outright offensive.

"How dare you try to push your religious beliefs on me?"

"I don't appreciate your attempts to convert me."

"I'm satisfied with my own religion, thanks."

The above are just some responses you might unfortunately get, but it is important to understand why that's the case.

Christianity is, by all means, the most popular religion on the planet with followers from all corners of the globe.

With your faith having such a large following, people may see your mission to spread God's word as rather selfish — an attack, even, to not consider their faith.

Receiving this kind of response from someone when you meant only the best for them can occur with even the simplest actions — you can try inviting someone to your church and still end up making them uncomfortable.

I can admit there was one point in time I was in such a situation where my neighbor asked me to attend her church for Easter when she knew I was a Hindu. I was taken aback by her invitation. Religion was not something I considered to be a "show and tell" where you share it with others without them asking. I am glad to educate people about Hinduism, but only if they ask and are genuinely interested, otherwise I don't try and bring it up and teach it to others in case they become uncomfortable.

Don't get me wrong, Hinduism is one of the most liberal and tolerant religions out there. Hindus are allowed to visit other houses of worship, accept beliefs from other religions, and accept the fact that there are multiple supreme beings; there is no limit to how Hindus reach salvation.

I wasn't offended by her Christianity, but rather her disregard of how someone from a different faith may interpret her invitation.

I politely declined her invitation because at the time it did make me uncomfortable and I didn't understand her intentions. I have had moments in my life where I was encouraged to convert to Christianity, even offered money, which made me wary of the intentions of Christians around me who were very open about their religion.

Today, as a Hindu attending a private Christian university, I have had the opportunity to interact with Christians and understand why they like to promote their faith. It took quite some time and experience to educate myself about this, and I better understand where Christians come from when they talk about religion, but not everybody is so accommodating.

It is very important to understand that your beliefs are just that — beliefs. Beliefs are subjective and not everybody is going to agree with them or respect them.

You may have been taught to "go make disciples of all the nations," and you don't get to pick and choose which teachings of Jesus to follow, but understand that you assuming you're helping someone follow "the right path" may actually be pushing them away.

We appreciate your genuine care for us and your good intentions behind promoting your faith, but please be sensitive to how you talk about religion — even if it is inviting someone to your church.

Sincerely,

Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs, Atheists, and other non-Christian belief systems.

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