As the reminder email popped up in my inbox, I knew this was one of those meetings I did not want to miss. The end of the month was approaching, and the anticipated employee benefits meeting was to start in 15 minutes.
As I listened to the presentation, many thoughts ran through my mind, leading me to think about the promises of God available to us, His children, if only we believe. It occurred to me that:
1. Some benefits were known to me and, therefore, I enjoyed them as an employee of the company. As children of God, we are entitled to abundant life, but not because of anything we have done. We can receive it just because we are children of God who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and chosen to believe. Therefore, redemption is the most significant benefit of all.
When was the last time you thanked God for His Redemption?
Even as you praise Him, have you stopped there in your pursuit of Him? We are called not to be comfortable but to continue seeking Him and growing more rooted in the awareness of gifts afforded by the cross. Is it not written, “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” (1 Cor. 2:9)?
2. Some benefits I was aware of, but procrastination caused me to delay receiving them. Through Faith, we children of God, are eligible for an abundant life that reflects Him. What has God promised you but allowed procrastination to distract you? Did He not say, “For the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.” (Deut. 31:6)? Therefore, His promises are assured.
3. Some benefits were conditional (i.e., pre-conditional benefits). As children of God, have we put conditions on God’s promises? Do we have a religious mindset? Have we allowed what we learned to blind us to the truth in the Holy Bible? Have we judged ourselves and put a limit on the level of promises we can enjoy? Have we limited His promises merely to worldly expectations? The Lord is still in the healing process, raising the dead, moving mountains, and removing giants. Did He not say, “With men, this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matt. 19:26)? Like the synagogue ruler, we must “only believe.”
4. Some benefits I was aware of and had set aside time to enjoy. As children of God, we should be aware that we do not have to wait to go to heaven to experience these promises. They are for now and to be enjoyed here on earth. Therefore, let the Holy Spirit guide you into all truth and open your mind to the abundant life that the cross has afforded us all. Did He not say, “I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name, He may give you.” (John 15:16)? He is Lord over heaven and earth.
As the presentation came to an end, I could not help but see more correlations between it and life applications.
It was clear that when Jesus came to earth, He paid the price for us to live abundant lives. It is in our best interest to seek the Holy Spirit for the promises the cross has afforded us.
The good thing about God’s benefits is that you do not need to do anything other than believe and accept Christ as your Lord and Savior.
And His promises/benefits are eternal, unlike a company where eligibility is temporal and dependent on your tenure.