Fitting In

Are you in need today? Do you need food, housing, clothing? Are you blessed with plenty? Do you have more than you need? Will you rely on God? Will you be part of God’s plan to bless others? Do you know that God blesses some so they can bless others?

We, too often, think we need more than we really need. We allow our wants to be transformed into needs, at least in our minds. What we fail to realize is that our true needs can be boiled down to much less than we think. Yet our needs are more than just physical.

God blesses us with more than we give Him credit for. He not only blesses us with our physical needs but blesses us with non-physical needs. For example, God blesses us with His love. Sometimes His love comes through others. He works through family, friends, and sometimes co-workers.

God blesses us with our ability to learn. We don’t often think of this as a blessing from God. Yet if He hadn’t blessed us with this ability, who would have? He gifts us with many gifts because of His love for us. Perhaps you are a good at learning another language or math or science or history or engineering. God blessed each of us with an ability so that we fit into His overall plan.

There will be times when each one of us will need the help of others. There will also be a time when others will be in need of our help. This is what Paul was saying when he wrote to the Philippians. Paul found that he could be content in any of these situations because he relied on God to provide.

When we rely on God, we experience His wonderful plan in a beautiful way. We accept help from others when we need it and give help when it is needed by others. This is being part of God’s family. This is using teamwork. It is recognizing that no one can survive as an island. Each one of us has a part to play. We are to recognize where God wants us and the role He has set before us.

I pray that each of us lean on God. I pray we all recognize the gifts and abilities God has blessed us with. I pray we share our gifts and our blessings from God with others. I pray each one of us recognizes we are part of God’s family and have a role to play. Find your role and take it on with God’s strength. Accept help from others graciously. Help others lovingly. Be part of God’s family and His plan.

Philippians 4:12-13 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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