Not Ready

Men, do you remember how old you were when you first fired a rifle or first used a power saw or mowed the lawn? Was your first rifle a 300 Weatherby, your first car a Corvette or lawn mower a John Deere? No, you probably started with a BB gun, a beater and a hand mower.

You raise your kids the same way. They don’t get a power saw; they get a hammer and a handful of nails. When you take your kid hunting the first time, you just let them tag along. Their first gun isn’t a 12-gauge with turkey loads; it’s a BB gun or a 410. And, their first car is a beater with a 4-cylinder.

So, it is with God, our Father. We want the car keys to prosperity, but He puts us on a bicycle instead. All of His blessings have purpose, and some of them only come as we prove ourselves to be responsible enough to appreciate them. His blessings are the power tools He uses to build His kingdom and destroy the kingdom of darkness. He won’t put money in our bank accounts so we can run our fingers through the gold. He’ll fill our bank accounts when we learn how to use it to build His kingdom–not our own. There is a growth process involved.

The church in Corinth wasn’t taking this growth process seriously. Perhaps they thought that God would just pour down His blessing no matter what they did. Paul wrote to them, “Brothers, I could not address you as spiritual but as worldly – mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready” (1 Corinthians 3:1-2).

God will teach us what we are ready to learn, show us what we are ready to see and equip us with the tools we are ready to use. “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3). We have every spiritual blessing in Christ; we have the whole toolbox, but that doesn’t mean we know what to do with them. We learn, as we always have, by spending time with our Father.



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