Christian Service Comes with Benefits
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Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
One of the most important criteria for a job is… benefits. Even a sorry employment situation is made tolerable if it comes with a good benefits package. We are comforted by the knowledge we won’t be hit with enormous medical bills, and we are putting something away for the future. Good benefits give us peace-of-mind.
Today’s selected text begins with words of praise and concludes with the reminder, “forget not all his benefits.”
Consider the benefits package you received when you became a Christian.
There is no waiting period to receive your benefits. At the moment you receive Christ as your personal Savior, you are immediately added to His forever plan. The board of directors doesn’t have to vote on it, Congress doesn’t have to pass legislation to approve it, and there’s no background check or drug tests. There’s not even a copay. Jesus has paid it all.
What comes with the benefits package? Let me answer that by asking, “What do you need? What will you need?” God has already taken care of your concerns for eternity. Yes, you still have to experience life on this earth, and there will be hardship, but God always gives hope. His grace is sufficient for all your needs. (see 2 Corinthians 12:9)
The Psalmist tells us not to forget God’s benefits. Not only should we count our blessings, but we should also take inventory of all that’s available to us through God’s promises.
One of His greatest benefits is His instruction. For all your hardships, God has a solution. Through His word, and the ministry of the Holy Spirit, you can confidently handle any and all problems. He’ll either give you what you need to get you through, or He’ll remove the problem.
Unlimited divine counseling, love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, provision, protection, comfort, encouragement, instruction, direction, meaning, hope, relationship, compassion, wisdom, and power are available to you for now and forever.
And when life on this earth is over, you will enter the heavenly home Jesus has prepared for you. Knowledge of such benefits merits praise to the One who gives us so much.
No wonder the psalmist worshipped the Lord so eloquently. “Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the LORD, O my soul.”
When we have a medical problem or concern at home, we go to our health benefits manual to find out what is covered.
GOOD NEWS! When you hit one of life’s problems — turn to God’s benefits manual, the Bible, and turn to Him.
For more on this topic, check out this article: God’s Benefit Plan
Reprinted from The Forever Notebook, Book 4 (October – December) Get your copy here: Paperback and eBook/Kindle formats.