Over the last few months, I had been searching online to find a new job. My current job at the time, I had been with them for over seven years so I had been out of the job market for a very long time. I was trying my best to stay in the same industry that I had worked for long but I had to keep my options open in going into a new career field. Based upon what I was currently making at the time, my search for a new job would have to provide me the option of either making more money or at least match my current salary I was making at the time. The companies I would apply for would also have to be able to provide opportunities for advancement, growth, and adding value to their companies. However, the most important thing that the new perspective company had to be willing to provide a new hire was a permanent, fulltime salary, and benefits.
As a husband and a father, being able to have benefits with the company that I worked for was very important to me. My wife was working for these same types of agencies with no paid time off, no sick days, or fulltime benefits. As applied for several jobs, majority of the companies that heard responses back from were temp agency that wanted to offer me contract work for a period of time. Some of these temp agencies wanted to offer more money and offered less. These temp agencies offered contract work which would be either three, six or twelve months of work. If the company that I was contracted with decided to not want to bring me back, then I would be back out of work and having no fulltime benefits. Over a process of time, I would leave my former job for a new company which offered me a fulltime salary and fulltime benefits. The process of my job search would teach me that just as benefits with our employer are important, so are our Kingdom benefits as well.
Now when I speak about our Kingdom benefits, there are three important things we must know about benefits which come from the Father. The first thing that we must understand about our Kingdom benefits is we must be truly grateful and bless the Lord for them. The second thing we must understand about our Kingdom benefits is how they impact our lives. Finally, the third thing we must understand about our Kingdom benefits is we must not forget that we have them.
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits (Psalms 103:2).
Bless the Lord
The first thing that we must understand about our Kingdom benefits is we must be grateful and bless the Lord for them. According to entrepreuer.com, the law requires that companies in our country offer a basic benefits package to their employees. Some of these benefits are things like having time off to vote, serving jury duty, and performing military services. A company must also pay state and federal unemployment taxes from an employee paycheck so that a person could collect unemployment benefits later on in life. However, just as small, mid, and large companies are required to offer these benefits to their employees, there are other benefits that not mandatory for them to provide. These benefits are such things like health, dental and vision which employee would want to have for themselves and their families. A company may elect to offer a retirement plan or they may not. If they choose to offer a retirement benefit plan, the company may choose to match employee contributions into the plan or they may elect not. The reason why so many companies choose not to offer these benefits and which cause them to lose good employees is that they having benefits would hurt them in their pocket.
Though this may be the case in the world, I am so glad that is not the case in the Kingdom of God. Our God not only purchased our salvation through His Son but once we become saved the blessings of benefits become available to us. This why the Psalmist exhorts us in Psalms 103:1 to “Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me”. Our soul is the part of us which consist of our will, our affections, and our deepest emotions. It is the part of us that we do not share with everyone but we might share with one or two people that we feel that we are close to. The Lord is saying to you and me that is the part us that we are to bless Him with because He has blessed. The Lord did not bless us because we deserved His blessing in our lives, however, we truly deserved was His judgment and wrath. On the other hand, the Lord has chosen to bless us with a second, third, and multiple chances and He is worthy of all our praises. Psalms 34:2 the word of God says “My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad”. As we are willing to bare our soul with flesh and blood, how much should we bless the Lord and all that is within us?
You’re Kingdom Benefits
The second thing we must understand about our Kingdom benefits is how they impact our lives. A couple of times last year, I had to go to the dentist office and have some dental work done on my teeth. The work was very extensive and there were times I had my reservations of following through to have the work fully completed. My apprehensions were not that I was afraid to get the work done on my teeth. However, the reason, I would reschedule my appointments or even miss them all together was that I ignorant of what my benefits fully covered me for. I would receive emails, phone calls, and text messages from the dentist office that they needed me to come in but I just kept putting the work off. As result months would go by before I would finally get the work done that I desperately needed on my mouth. My ignorance of not knowing what my benefits covered me for would cost me more money that I could have avoided paying had I just went like I was supposed to in the first place.
Unfortunately, my story is the testimony of many young and immature believers who allow themselves to be ignorant of what blessings and benefits God has blessed them to have. The Lord has forgiven us our sins and He gave us the power to forgive ourselves. However, sadly we are sitting in a prison cell with the door wide open but we refuse to walk out in the freedom of the Lord because of unforgiveness in our lives. The Lord has also provided us His healing to be healed from all our sicknesses and diseases. The Lord has provided us healing in His word that will allow us to walk in total health and wellness in our bodies. However, we fail to believe by faith that the same God who healed the woman with the issue of blood and Jarius daughter can heal us as well (Mark 5:21-43). The Lord has blessed us by satisfying our mouths with good things and that our strength and stamina can be renewed in Him. However, our mouths are filled with doubt, complaining, and the conversation of this world which has us in a state of weakness and burn out. The Lord does not want us to be ignorant of what He has blessed us with because if we reject His blessings our lives can be destroyed (Hosea 4:6).
Forgetting what you have
Finally, the third thing we must understand about our Kingdom benefits is that we must not forget that we have them. All throughout the Old Testament, the Lord would remind His people not to forget the Lord and what He had done for them. He reminded them not to forget how He had brought them out of bondage from Egypt and from under the hand of Pharaoh. He encouraged His people not to forget how He was the one that brought them through the Red Sea, through the wilderness, and into the promised land (Deuteronomy 8:2). The Lord spoke to Moses to let His people know it was critical for them not to forget His commandments, His judgments, and His statutes. If the Children of Israel failed to do these things the word says when they finished eating and their bellies were full they would take credit for their own success. If the people forgot the Lord and felt that the goodly houses they were built by their own hands. The herd of flocks, the gold and the silver that they had would cause their hearts to be lifted up with pride (Deuteronomy 8:11-14).
The Psalmist in Psalms 103:2 exhorts not just those in the Old Testament but us well “to forget none of His benefits”. Taking for granted what the Lord has blessed us with can cause us to take our focus on Him. If our focus is not on the Lord then we will begin to put our focus on what people are doing enough for us or what they are doing wrong to us. If we forget our Kingdom benefits we will feel that the work of our hands has put a roof over our heads, food on our tables and clothes on our back. Our hearts will be lifted up pride and just like the Children of Israel, we will only call on the Lord when we are in trouble and not out of a relationship. To forget the Lord and His benefits will cause our focus to be on the giants that stand before us which will cause our hearts to melt with fear. The word of God says in Psalms 77:11 says “I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old”. If we choose not to forget the Lord we will be able to enter in and possess our promise land placing our enemies under our feet.