Blessed to be a blessing
Posted: Friday, January 5
Verse of the day:
“I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:2b-3)
God’s promise to Abraham was one of blessing. God promised that Abraham was going to be blessed. As we continue to read the story we find out that blessing included children, animals, wealth, health and a level of respect among the people he lived near. God did all the things that he promised. But why?
The choice to bless Abraham was not one of favoritism or God forgetting about everyone else. His purpose in calling Abraham out was that the blessing of God would flow out to everyone, through Abraham. If Abraham would have chosen to keep the blessings to himself, they would have ceased. The purpose of the blessings was to bless all people. As God blessed Abraham, Abraham was to reveal the source of his blessing to those around him and turn their hearts to his God.
The purpose of the nation of Israel, the descendants of Abraham, was to be a nation that followed after God and kept his commandments so that they would be blessed and be the people that God would bless the whole world through. All nations were to be blessed through the obedience and example of Israel. However, Israel fell short of this calling.
With the coming of Jesus, the new Adam, we see a transition from the people of God being the nation of Israel to now include the church. The church is now the vehicle through which God is blessing the whole of mankind. When the church is blessed, the church is supposed to be a blessing to others. When the church obeys the commands of God to love him first and love their neighbor as themselves, the blessing of God flows from the church to the world.
I don’t know how you have been blessed in the past year or how you will be blessed moving into this year. I do know, that you are the church (God’s representatives) to people that need your blessing. When God blesses you, make sure you share it with others and give your worship back to him so that they may also know who He is and learn to walk in his Blessing. We are blessed, but only to be a blessing to others.