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".