As much as we love animals and more our pets and want to be good to them, God most certainly wants the same and more for us, and is far more knowledgeable about when to bless us and capable than us to decide what type blessing. I chose this example for this reason. Sometimes we reward our pets for doing nothing, petting them, loving them etc. Sometimes we reward them when they do something good, or mind us, for example when they come to us we might give them a most desirable treat or treats. Sometimes we may choose to do nothing given we have already blessed them in many ways. God is somewhat the same, in that He decides when, how, and how much to bless, after all He has already given the Greatest Blessing His Son Jesus Christ who brought us redemption, restoration, and eternal life. I think most would agree that when we have a pet that is Greatly Blessed, we can rightfully expect much of them, at least sometimes as we choose. We should realize God does something similar - yet can be more demanding. Luke 12:47-48 reads “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” This is not intended to be meant as God will beat us, but to emphasize much is expected of those to whom much has been given. Many blessings are based on our obedience to God and likely are proportioned based on how much we have already been given based on what we offer back to God. He expects more from a rich person than poor yet expects Faithfulness from both. We are all rich in some way, exactly. How ironic, an example in scripture is the poor widow who gave most she had. The one with one great talent should use it greatly. Rich is not limited to money, it can be rich in knowledge, rich in position, rich in experience, rich in wisdom, mercy and grace.
If God has given much knowledge, He expects that to be shared with others, not withheld. If God has given great position, He expects the influence to be used for good. He expects many talents He has given to be used for Him. And he expects a proportion of wealth to be given back to him based on what He has given us. It is about the condition of the heart and our ability or willingness to realize from whom all blessings come and our sincere belief that He will reward those who diligently seek Him.
Let us put ourselves in a position to be blessed in obedience to God. He is not limited in the ways He can bless us, nor the extent, nor how often, in this realm of life or the one to come, He has it all and owns it all, what we have is on loan from Him. There will be many poor people in heaven who gave much and are greatly rewarded and many rich people who are rewarded far less because they gave less of their time, talents, knowledge and money. We all miss out on some of our blessings in this life too. The good news, it’s largely up to the individual to decide what they give to God and up to Him to decide how He responds. To much is given much is expected. Does God expect more of a preacher or teacher in their strength and willingness to teach others, and to study, than those with lessor exposure to knowledge, yes. The Apostle Paul said He Himself had to be careful not to become shipwrecked. Let’s hear God again, put yourself in a position to be blessed, give to God as you have been given, and bless others as you have been blessed.
The Lord has said He wants to bless His children, He has shown that time and time again, He has blessed me and you, everyone, even some blessings are given also to those who are not His children such as a beautiful Fall day or Winters snow. His children are given a unique opportunity and that is to be faithful to the Lord and in turn the Lord will bless that. Don’t believe this for the sake of believing but because it is truth: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” Ephesians 3:20. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” Luke 6:38.
What can We do even now to please the Lord?
Thank someone, especially Him
Speak highly of someone
Tip someone a little more than normal, service might not be perfect, but at least they are trying and you don’t know what kind of day they are having
Hug your Spouse, Kids, and Friends just because they are gifts to you
Drop someone a note or card
Be grateful for your most inspirational scripture
Pray Lord help me be completely faithful for even a day so I can see how it feels
Lighten up on yourself and others