Monday, February 11, 2008

Blessings Under the Fridge

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:20-21

Living near an army base, I have a sincere appreciation for military wives. These gals give up their husbands sometimes for years with only a few days notice. The kids of military men often find themselves talking only through emails to their Dad, and missing holidays and birthdays with him. It’s a sacrifice like none other on earth, and all done for us to remain a free nation.

I was recently watching television and saw a story about a little boy who’s Mom had made him a jar of M&M’s – one for each day his Dad was gone to Iraq. Each morning, the little boy would get up and eat one M&M out of the jar, knowing that each one gone from the jar meant Dad was one day closer to coming home.

Of course, my imagination soon kicked into gear, spawned by this Mom’s creativity. I thought, what if he dropped one and it rolled under the fridge? This was a finite number of M&M’s! He couldn’t just eat another in its place! It would be gone forever, never to be tasted, and never to be enjoyed!

While sitting in church the other morning, I realized something. Each day I live with sin in my life – regardless of the sin – great or small – is a day I’ve dropped my M&M under the fridge! God seeks to bless me. Ephesians 3:20-21 says that He chooses to do for me the things that I cannot dream to ask for, or even imagine! He want’s to give me the things that my heart desires, but my head has not acknowledged. Yet, when I live with unconfessed sin in my heart, I toss those blessings away like an M&M under the fridge – never to be enjoyed.

As I sat there thinking about this, I wondered how many gifts from God had I lost by not confessing my sins quickly? How many wonderful, unimaginable, incredibly good things in my life had I blocked by my sinful nature? Was it financial freedom? Was it contentment in the midst of stressful situations? Was it an opportunity to witness and lead someone to Christ that I missed? Would all the good things I’m now enjoying have been mine years ago had I lived for Christ? In my heart of hearts, I believe so.

Proverbs 28:13 says “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy “. Friends, seek God’s mercy and forgiveness. Don’t let today’s blessings roll under the fridge.

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