Genesis 12:1-3 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Several months ago, somebody who did not even attend our church, and may not even be attending church at all, came up to our family and asked if there was anybody in our church that had a financial need. This individual explained that they had recently been blessed financially and they felt that they needed to use it to bless somebody else who had more need than they did. We knew somebody that was in need, and this individual blessed them financially.
In our Scripture, God is sending Abraham out from his homeland. He is sending him to the land that will eventually end up becoming the dwelling place of his descendants: the Promised Land. Of course, those descendants would be the children of Israel. He also promises Abraham that He is going to make of him a great nation, and that He is going to bless him. He is going to make his name great. Not only that, God will do the same for his descendants. And all those who go against his descendants will be cursed.
The point is fairly evident that God was going to bless Abraham abundantly and that the blessing would follow on through to his descendants. I don’t know about you, but I love the blessings of God. In my life and in our church, I regularly notice all the good things that God is doing, and I’m thankful that He does it despite the fact that we are unworthy. God’s blessings are truly amazing.
But there is something I want to point out. Although God’s incredible favor and blessings are in our lives and in our church, if we are not careful, we can become selfish with it. We see God’s blessing as something we are to hold on tightly to and in doing so, we miss out on one of the reasons that God chooses to bless us. God made it clear to Abraham that He would bless him, but He also pointed out one important aspect of that blessing that He did not want him to ever forget. It is something that God does not want us to forget either.
God stated that because of the blessings Abraham would receive, he would be able to be a blessing to others. The same is true for us as well. How easy it is for us to forget that lesson. God blesses us because He loves us and because of His grace, but God wants us to be a blessing to others. If we enjoy God’s blessings, why would we not want others to enjoy them as well. As the individual I mentioned earlier recognized blessing and wanted to use that to be a blessing to someone in need, should not we also?
Ask yourself this question: “When was the last time I was a blessing to someone?” The opportunities to be a blessing are everywhere. You can be a blessing by serving in the ministries of your church. You can be a blessing by sharing the gospel to someone who does not know Jesus Christ. You can be a blessing by being kind to someone in need. You can be a blessing by being a testimony of God’s grace. And let’s not forget that we can be a blessing by giving to others who are in need. So, as we enjoy all of the blessings that God brings our way, let us make sure that we are a conduit of those blessings and bring them to others.
Maybe the reason we have trouble hearing God is because of all the unfiltered noise we are allowing.
In order for anything or anyone to be truly successful or lasting, I believe God has rules laid out to be followed.