Wednesday, January 16, 2018
Be a Blessing!
“…I will bless you…and you will be a blessing! Genesis 12:2
God told Abraham many years ago is still relevant to His children today. “Trust me and obey me and I will bless you, and you will be a blessing>”
It is a wonderful thing to receive a blessing but it is even Christians are to be channels for the sharing of blessings—Lord make a blessing.
God kept His promise to Abraham and the Jewish people—the knowledge of the one true and living God, the written Word of God and the Son of God who is my Lord and Saviour. Where are you blessed?
Worship services—should include the desire for God to be present and to bless those who have gathered. And at the end so that all may leave with the assurance the same Lord who came to blessing our worship is with us as we depart and wherever we go.
Psalm 1 (Blessings in vs 1-2 and then becomes a blessing (tree giving fruit to hungry) in vs. 3)
Blessed is the man/woman who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers.
But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.
He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither; whatever he does prospers.
How are we blessings to others?= through communication and prayer.to those with whom you come in contact. Give what you can and let God do the rest.
Blessed are the benediction believers, for they shall become more like Jesus as they share God’s blessings with others!
There shall be showers of blessing- an old hymn of faithful people. People who believed that God would bless them for faithful service and commitment. This is still held to be true and yet how often do we really feel blessed and are grateful?
A man had a great wife and family and yet did not fell blessed until he bought his dream car. Yet what occurred soon after was unthinkable. He had a terrible accident in the car and he was critically injured. As he recuperated in hospital he began to think about what was most important in his life—his wife of many years who stayed right beside him as he healed, his children, and their spouses, and his grandchildren. He realized then and there that the car was an old dream he had promised to himself many years ago and so he sold what was left of it to someone else. He declared to his family his renewed hope in God because of the blessings he forgot he had. This man now fully recovered ministers to others as one who was not sure about blessings from God until almost everything ws taken away. His faith was restored and he then in turn became a blessing by sharing his love for others with people who he believed needed to hear the good news of Jesus.
As we consider the blessings we have are we being fully honest with ourselves? Are we being focused on how we have been blessed and why us? Or are we seeking a vengeful reason? When we are blessed being human calls us to bless others. How have you blessed someone else today?
PRAYER God of love you have blessed us with the gift hope and promise of eternal life. Enable us to be a blessing to others in your holy and precious name. Fill us with your love O God and call us to be your faithful people. In Jesus’ name we ask. Amen
RESOURCE: Warren W. Wiersbe. Bless You: Receiving and Sharing the Blessings of the Lord. Grand Rapids, MI: Our Daily Bread Ministries, 8th printing- 2018. (p 179-183)