Be a blessing to others
I mean to say that all Christians want to be blessed by God. This is a good wish and has its roots in the old as well as in the new testament. The priestly blessing in Numbers 4:6,24 begins with: "The Lord bless you and keep you!" And Jesus often speaks in the "Beatitudes" in Mathäus 5: "Blessed (blessed) are… »
Being blessed by God is a great privilege that we should all seek. But for what purpose? Do we want to be blessed to be good with God? To gain a higher status? To enjoy our comfortable lifestyle with increasing prosperity and good health?
Many seek God's blessing so that they can get something. But I suggest something else. When God blessed Abraham, it was his intention that he would be a blessing to others. Other people should also share in the blessing. Israel should be a blessing to the nations and Christians a blessing to the families, the church, the churches and the land. We are blessed to be a blessing.
How can we do that? In 2 Corinthians 9: 8 Paul writes: "But God has the power to bless you abundantly with every gift of grace, so that you always have enough in every respect and have rich means for good works of all kinds." (Amount of translation). God blesses us so that we can do good works that we should do in all sorts of ways and at all times, because God provides us with everything we need.
In the "Hope for All" translation, the above verse reads: "It will give you everything you need for it, more than that. You will not only have enough yourself, but you will also be able to pass on your abundance to others." Sharing with others doesn't have to happen on a large scale, often small friendliness has a bigger impact. A glass of water, a meal, a piece of clothing, a visit or an encouraging conversation, such small things can make a difference in the life of others (Matthew 25, 35-36).
When we bring blessings to someone, we act divinely, for God is a blessing God. If we bless others, God will bless us even more so that we can continue to bless.
Why do not we start every day asking God how and to whom I can be a blessing today? One does not know in advance what a little kindness for someone will mean; but we are blessed by it.
by Barry Robinson