Do you ever have one of those moments when you suddenly stop what you are doing, look around you, and realize how blessed you are? Living in a part of the world blessed with peace, hope, beauty, prosperity and abundance. A country where there is no war, famine, extreme poverty, persecution, pestilence or disease? In your city or town you have running water, electricity, clean air, public health and safety, and all the material comforts at your doorstep.
You live in the lap of luxury and yet you take it for granted. You never give it a second thought. It all seems so natural, almost a part of who you are. You have a decent job, a steady income, a loving family, good friends, a warm and comfortable place to lay your head at night. You go through the day thinking this is how it is and how it will always be. Safe, secure and satisfied.
What if everything was suddenly taken away from you? One day it’s all gone, ripped from your life overnight. You go to bed with your belly full and you wake up the next morning with hunger pangs. Size XL turns into a medium threatening to become a small.
I meet people like this all the time. Those who had it all but now are living without and worrying what tomorrow may or may not bring. Once living in the lap of luxury but now sharing a cramped, smelly, noisy room in a homeless shelter. From feast to famine.
They know what it is like to have it all, never appreciating it, and now having nothing. They tell me stories from five, ten or more years ago and say, “those were the best days of my life.” You look into their eyes and you see the truth – the terrible pain and regret in their eyes over a life gone completely sideways.
Many of us are blessed with so much but must we have it all taken from us to realize how good we have it now?
I am blessed by God but most days I don’t realize or appreciate it. I am – dare I say it? – spoiled rotten, entitled, greedy, selfish and self-centered. I know it is not a pleasant way to describe myself but compared to how most of the world lives it is the truth.
Here I am – a born again Christian living in the lap of luxury – and all I do these days is worry and complain about how little I have and how much more I need to be truly safe, secure, happy and comfortable. What is wrong with me?
Jesus Christ was never like this. He lived a most humbled life. He was born in a manger, spent his early years as a carpenter, and lived seemingly hand to mouth as he wandered the towns, villages and countryside preaching to the people, telling and showing them with God in their lives there is a better way to live. Christ did not worry or complain about His circumstances. He knew who He was and He was satisfied with everything God had provided for Him. The Christ was truly blessed, in so many ways, and He knew it, lived it and loved in it.
I have it all, living in the lap of luxury, blessed with far more comforts than Jesus Christ could imagine, and yet I still worry and complain about my past, present and future. Am I born again in name only? Am I a false Christian? Believing I have this great relationship with the Lord Almighty when in fact I am not even on first base?
It’s time for a change. To count my blessings and stop my incessant whining and complaining. It’s time I truly understand and appreciate my life in the lap of luxury. It is time I stop praying, “what can you do for me, God?” and instead pray, “what can I do for you, God? How can I better serve you with all you have provided for me?” It’s time I turn the tables and live for God rather than ask God to live for me. Make God first and me second. Today and every single remaining day.
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:8)Life in the lap of luxury - count your blessings and serve God every day Click To Tweet
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