Looking unto Jesus and not at the dearest, most legitimate of our earthly joys, lest we be so engrossed in them that they deprive us of the sight of the very One who gives them to us. If we are looking at Him first of all, then it is from Him that we receive these good things, made a thousand times more precious because we possess them as gifts from His loving hand. We entrust these gifts to His keeping, enjoy them in communion with Him and use them for His glory.
Think about your most valued possession. Maybe it’s a family heir loom. Maybe it’s a long sought after prize you finally captured. Maybe it’s a inexpensive bauble representing a most precious memory. What would you sell it for? What value would you put on it?
In a wonderful way every good thing we possess or experience is a gift to us from God’s patient and loving hand. We now live under the curse of Adam. We live in a land under the judgment of God. But somehow in the midst of that curse many blessings still flow. God keeps sending men and women tokens of His love and patience. These tokens are meant to point us to Him. His goodness is meant to lead us to repentance. These good things mark the trail to His greatest gift of all; His Son, given to die for our sins, risen to live with in us. And so in a round about way, all good things come to us through the atonement. Every good gift must be measured by the value of the precious blood of the spotless Lamb. Now you see how foolish it is to hold onto any gift as more dear than the price that ultimately was paid for it.
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? Romans 2:4
knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 20 He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you 21 who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. I Peter 1:18-21
Can We Pray? Father I would measure all my blessings rightly. I would see upon them the price tag of Thy own dear Son given for me. What joy have I ever taken to my heart that was not given with the intent of leading me to Your Son? None. And what of all the joys awaiting me in heaven? There is not one good thing yet to come into my possession that wasn’t purchased for me on Calvary’s Tree. Oh Spirit of God empower me to enjoy every good thing only in communion with the Lord and celebrate them and use them only for His glory. In the Precious Name of Jesus.