Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body - whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free - and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

Now if the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.

- 1 Corinthians 12:12-20

This passage seems to be pointing at a key problem in our culture today: comparison. Even as Christians, we give into the temptation to compare ourselves to other. Oftentimes we ask ourselves the wrong question. We're asking, "Am I a good Christian?" And what we mean is - do I measure up to that person? Am I doing enough? Are other people going to get blessed more than me because they're better than me? 

The problem here is that this usually leaves us doing one of two wrong things: believing that we truly aren't good enough, therefore we try to earn our worth, or we believe we are good enough and then stop trying at all. 

There's a difference - God will always love and never forsake you. But He doesn't necessarily have to bless you if you won't take care of the blessing. If you are a parent and your child wants a puppy for Christmas, but they have never once cleaned their room when you ask them to, are you likely to get them a puppy? You love them exactly the same. You love being their parent. But you know that giving them a puppy wouldn't be wise because they haven't learned to take care of what belongs to them yet. 

You are enough. And we are all equally loved by God. We're all His favorite child. But if you judge how much God loves you based on how much you're getting blessed, you're missing it. He loves you 100% all of the time - but He generally will bring blessing after He's helped you become someone who can take care of the blessing. 

How generous? He loves us through it. He teaches us how to take care of a blessing that He wants to give us. All we're asked is to look for the very next step of obedience in our own lives and take it. 

What is God growing you in? Are you asking Him for a healed relationship? A new friend? A good job? Start asking Him for the next step. Ask, first, to become the person who will take care of these things. Be responsible with what's in your life today and He'll bring you to the future blessings.

- Michele Houston