Blessed to Bless
Posted: Wednesday, August 29
2 Corinthians 3:1-18
Verse of the Day:
Those who plant injustice will harvest disaster, and their reign of terror will come to an end. Blessed are those who are generous, because they feed the poor. (Proverbs 22:8-9 NLT)
A friend of mine’s brother, is constantly complaining of how his life is continuously moving at a negative pace. No matter what he comes in contact with, he ends up on the failing side. However, this is also a man who has a total disregard for the compassion of others. For example, he’s picked up money that he’s seen fall out of another person's pocket, doesn't say anything and watches them walk away with a loss. He’s sold vehicles to people knowing the vehicles contained plentiful mechanical concerns. He’s continued to deceive the buyers with the following phrases, “I’d put my daughters in this car. Not only that send them down to Florida on spring break!”
I have another friend. He’s spent the majority of his life tending to the needs of anyone and everyone who’s path he crosses. For instance, he gave the shoes off his feet to a homeless person that was barefoot living on the streets of Los Angeles. He faithfully volunteers and has given away almost everything he owned. His following phrase is full of compassion, “These streets are my missions fields and the world needs to see the compassion and love of Christ!” . He’s never been without and has worked very little to sustain life. I don’t know how he’s lived without a real source of income, but he was truly blessed!
Are you expecting a blessed life while deceiving and failing to bless others like my friends brother? Or are you using your blessed life, like my friend, to show compassion to others? He (Christ) blesses us with what we need to enable us to bless the less fortunate. When we are generous, share our blessings, we in return become Christ like. To be Christ like is truly to be blessed.