021 | Blessed to be a Blessing

Helping hand

God was putting in motion an incredible plan to reverse the effects of sin and to give humans a way to have close fellowship with him once again. At this point God only gives a short summary of what he had in mind (Genesis 12:2-3). It would take thousands of years for his plan of salvation to fully unfold.

The plan had two major components. The first was to create "a great nation" (v. 2) from Abram's family, who would eventually become the Israelites. It was to these people that God uniquely revealed himself over the centuries. He did it through the Ten Commandments and the law. Through it all, the people began to understand who God was and how he wanted them to live. The second part of the plan was to "bless ... all peoples on earth" (v. 3) through his chosen people. It would take thousands of years and a lot of pain and suffering, but the great blessing was Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world."

The above thoughts on Genesis 12 is from the book I am journaling through by Whitney T. Kuniholm. This great devotional book is titled The Essential Jesus: 100 Readings Through the Bible's Greatest Story. This is the 21st of the 100 passages outlined in this book. The next five passages are grouped under the title "Prophecies About a Savior". Kuniholm introduces this section by pointing out that "Old Testament prophecy ... frequently predicted the coming of the Messiah, who would bring God's salvation to earth."

The LORD had said to Abram, "Go from your country, your people and your father's household to the land I will show you. "I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." So Abram went, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. (Genesis 12:1-4)
Bless, blessing, bless, bless, blessed ... This is the very heart of the plan of God for all eternity. Blessed to be a blessing. God blessed Abram to be a blessing to others. God sent his Servant, his Son, to bless us, all of us. From Abram to Israel to Jesus to us. God sent Jesus to be the blessing so we could bless. So we could be a blessing.

So my question is, mostly to myself, how? How, as a Christ follower, do I become a blessing? How do I become a blessing with my time, my money, my possessions, my body, my brain, my words, and my daily routine? How at home, at work, in my neighborhood, and in my community? How, with the resources I have been blessed, do I bless others? How do I become a blessing? I need to continue to ask these questions as I walk through my day, week, and year. I pray that I will more and more have frequent and very specific answers to these questions.

My question to you is also HOW? How can you participate in the very heart of God's plan for eternity? How can you become a blessing?

Please feel free comment below and share your answers and ideas.



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Illustration credit: The photo in this post was uploaded to flickr.com by .noflickr on March 30, 2008. It is titled "Helping Hand".

8 comments:

  1. Amen, Brad.

    Blessing to Abba, and then blessing to others.

    Blessing comes as a result of bringing the Kingdom of Abba to earth. A quality and standard of life by divine standards.

    Sidharth

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  2. I have thought about how I can be a blessing to God many times. I finally asked Him and He said to me, "my life is a testimony of His love grace and mercy. I am merely to share my testimony with others so they can see, feel and believe in the power of God." My life, all that I am is how I share God to others. Many have asked how I live my life so happily and joyously. I tell them about Christ and all that He has done for me. This is what God wants me to do and this is what I must do. Blessings my friend.

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  3. Mostly right now in my life I choose to be a blessing by living according to three current focus areas:
    *Living in the right now
    *Staying connected to God
    *Always being conscious that it's not all about me.
    As I stay in this frame of reference, I'm becoming aware of God's constant blessing in my own life. I'm frequently seeing very specific ways I can bless the people He's put in my life. Some of these ways are requiring some real stretching on my part and I'm so grateful that I can always count on Him to empower me to do whatever He wants.

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  4. Living in the now! I find this so difficult. I am too much of a planner that I seem to always be looking ahead and missing the now.

    Thank you Valerie Lynn and Tracy for taking the time to share.

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  5. Thanks for this reminder... how easy it is to slip into really just thinking about bringing blessing to myself. I'd never say it that way, but isn't that what I so often want? Maybe my family too, but all too often not much broader than that. I really doubt that God has so richly blessed me for me to so narrowly share the blessing...

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  6. Hi there! I just discovered your blog via Christian Carders early this week. I've enjoyed reading very much so far. And I gave you an award today. Come by and see it!

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  7. Hey Brad, thanks for coming by. I said in one of my comments about your blog, "Have enjoyed her stuff very much!" Don't know why I said that... I KNEW that you were BRAD... Anyway, I hope you weren't offended! {blushing grin} Have a GREAT day!

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  8. Thank you for your words and transparency on your personal application of this great truth. I believe this is a "keystone" passage to understanding the great sweep of scriptures and God's Mission (missio Dei). The more we understand the core of this passage the more we understand about Go, and our calling to work with Him for the reconciliation of a broken world.

    Thank you

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