On the first Sunday of the New Year, it is the custom within our church family to have a time of giving and receiving of blessings. It is always a wonderfully rich sight to see our church family coming forward for Communion and then receive a blessing from those called to render the blessings.
One of the reasons for this time of blessing is based upon the blessing given by God to His chosen patriarch, Abraham, as found in Genesis 12.
God said to Abraham in verses 2 and 3, “And I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and so you shall be a blessing; 3 and I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
Within these verses, we see very clearly the net outcome of God’s blessing upon Abraham. It was to bless others.
Makes sense, doesn’t it? It fits who we know God to be. We get blessed, so that we can bless others.
We don’t get blessed simply to acquire more stuff. We don’t get blessed with authority just so we can rule over others. We don’t get blessed with a positive reputation just so we can look good in the eyes of others.
Possessions, power and prestige will almost always lead to pride and sin if not handled properly. God grants us possessions, power and prestige so that we can use them for the sake of others.
We, Christians, who live and breathe in America, are extremely blessed by God. We were born or raised here for a reason greater than just acquisition, authority and acclaim. God has given us so very much so that we can be a blessing to others.
One of the problems with the prosperity gospel is that it tends to lead us into a lifestyle of self-indulgence. We get blessed to get more.
The more we read and study the Bible, the more evident it becomes that we have an enormous stewardship responsibility as Christians living in America.
Let’s journey together in seeing how the Lord wants us to become better stewards of what He has entrusted to others. May we live to be a blessing to others.
Something to think about…