In Peter’s profession of who Christ is in Matthew 16:13ff, Jesus told Peter he was blessed. He didn’t say he was blessed because he chose to make a great statement, or that he was blessed because he was so smart or because of anything in himself. Jesus said Peter was blessed because the Father had revealed a truth to him. Our blessing doesn’t come based on anything in us. If I am pressing in and moving forward in God, it is because He has given me the blessings to bring me there.
Unfortunately, like Peter, our tendency is to boast (either by words, actions, or simply in our thoughts). We think God did this because of us. We earn nothing, we deserve nothing. Any forward move I make is because He has blessed me.
But a blessing is also a crossroad. Failure to walk in the blessings time and time again will eventually result in poor eyesight and near deafness. In Matthew, Jesus explains to the disciples why He spoke to the people in parables: “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. for whoever has, to him shall more be given, and he shall have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. Therefore, I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand… for the heart of this people has become dull, and with their ears they scarcely hear, and they have closed their eyes lest they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart and return, and I should heal them. But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear” (Matthew 13:11-16, NASB).
Jesus didn’t say the people were completely blind and deaf, which means they still had a chance. Are you barely hearing God? Heed what you hear! “Whoever has, to him shall more be given.” The more you heed, the more you will be given, and the better you will see and hear. There is no better place to be than in the blessing of God.