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#Blessed!  You’re not witnessing or ministering!

Way too often I’m seeing Facebook posts featuring “#Blessed,” or #God is good,” or some such so called testimony.  It is not.  What’s more you know it’s not and do it anyway.

It’s gloating, and you know it is.

Do you really think that telling the world of hurting, needy, emotionally or psychologically wrecked people of your good fortune, your great finances, your oh so beautiful family, what a great vacation you had, is “winning people for Christ?”

I don’t believe you.  You’re lying.  You’re gloating, being prideful, being insensitive and blowing your own horn. Like the Scribes and Pharisees who made a show of how religious they were cause they gave alms and prayed out loud, so are you claiming that because you’re so religious, oh yeah “Christian,” and you are therefore blessed over others.

Did Jesus brag about being blessed?  I remember him saying that he had nowhere to lay his head.   What?  No new Simmons Posturepedic Sleep Number Bed?  No car? No beautiful family, What did he say about his family…  Jesus wasn’t blessed, huh?  

You all like scripture so here’s a few:

  • Blessed are the poor in spirit,
  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
  • Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
  • And without doubt the lesser is blessedby the greater. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

I’ll take you somewhere else: “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

Your “#Blessed” is nothing but pride and vanity. Like the above verse states, that’s not of God, but of the world.  Your declaration of being blessed is not godly, you’re being worldly!

The other side of the coin isn’t any godlier.  That’s the one where you hope to “hook” others to Christ under the guise that if you come to Jesus you too can be blessed like me! You too can have great finances whenever you need them, a nice house, pretty family, great vacations, etc. After all, Jesus promises to bless you with cool stuff, it’s guaranteed, just look at me!

I can’t tell which is the bigger sin, the vanity or the bait and switch.

Here’s the thing you’ll see from scripture; A blessing is not something you brag about, it’s something you do.  You bless others, usually tangibly, but also emotionally or psychologically.  You may indeed be blessed, and that’s a reason for you to thank God, quietly!  “But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret.” Thank God for your blessing, secretly, intimately, humbly.  It’s proper.

As I read the Bible, I saw that the #Blessed were humbled by being blessed. In turn, they sought to pay it forward, to use their blessing to bless others. Even with that there’s an admonition: “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.”  In other words, if you bless someone; Don’t Facebook It! Don’t brag about it, don’t put the blessee on the spot as having been  non-blessed cause they aint right with Jesus, and don’t make it about you.

Some of you may have been doing this naively, out of ignorance. I don’t say this as an insult. Maybe you hadn’t really thought about it, or you haven’t been taught properly. Witnessing and ministering are important aspects of the Christian life. #Blessed, #God is good, is neither of those.

Witnessing is sharing how you think you’ve seen the presence of God.  Ministering is doing something for someone else in the name of God (again secretly! Unless asked), though the term has been hijacked to mean preaching to someone.

I have a friend who would say that the only true witness and ministry is the love of Christ on the cross, dying for your sins.

That’s hard. It’s not pretty. It’s not money, cars, homes, vacations.  It’s not false promises and free passes, it’s not indulgences.

I’ve been tangibly blessed by others. I’ve been blessed by others in intangible ways. The blessers were usually humble and modest. Those were greater witnesses and ministers than the ones who hand out tracts or tell you you’ll go to hell if you don’t say you believe in Jesus. There’s a saying “The giver should be thankful.”  Being able to bless is a blessing, one to celebrate between you and God, not on social media.

Make a paradigm shift. Don’t make being blessed a brag, but an opportunity to bless someone else, just between you and God.

From baby Christians, I can accept the ignorance, from longer term Christians, you either know better or need to grow up.

 

 

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