Over the course of the last 3 weeks, we’ve been looking at the Building Blocks of Discipleship. We’ve looked at the need to focus on what we BELIEVE, but also how we believe. An identity more than just an idea. We shifted to what we are BECOMING, seeing that the Holy Spirit will dwell in us. Last week, we looked at all God has allowed us to BUILD, our conversion, our family, and our church.
Today, I wanted to do an introduction to the last idea: BLESS. The final building block can be a challenge when life gets out of control, when bills start piling up, and when the schedule book is about to explode. With that said, I wanted to prime the pump a little bit in preparation, some underlying ideas which will allow us to ultimately fulfill the call to love God and our neighbor as ourselves.
The first primer may require a complete change in how you view the world your abilities, time, and accumulations.
We have been built up to be a Bearer of Blessing (Gen 12:2) The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2 “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. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
As God built Abram up—he did so with the Big Picture in mind, that all peoples on earth would be blessed as a result. Blessings were meant to flow outward, not be contained or locked up inward. The directional implication of these verses is that our faith should be pushing us into ever growing concentric circles, blessing more and more people, taking our gifts, the harvest of the Holy Spirit, and using them to bring life to seemingly hopeless situations, sharing truth when there is a vacuum caused by lies, giving stability when the world seems to be rocking. With that said, sometimes, I hear people say, “I’d love to give, but I have nothing to give!”
Here is the important thing to remember, you cannot out give God, he has given you more blessings than you could ever give someone else, so that you always have something to give, that every opportunity could be maximized. When you have no money or health, you still have your presence and your prayers. You can mourn with the widow, rejoice with each stage of life with the orphan, investing your blessings in a way that blesses others.
Maybe you are wondering though, does this promise to Abraham really apply to me? Paul speaking to the church in Romans 4:16 reminded us that we are spiritual descendants through faith- Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. Each time you see a need whether physical or emotional, practical or financial; God has built you up with a renewed mind, transformed heart, and a new home—the family and the church—to be the bearer of blessings. That each blessing would add weight to your words.