Author: Chris Case
“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” Genesis 22:18
Blessing is written into the fabric of God’s story. From the beginning, He has desired to bless us in order that we would be a blessing to others, as shown through His story with Abraham. God desires that all people would be blessed through Jesus. And now, as his Body, we believe we live out this mission as we bless others.
If we believe our time, talent, resources, and skills are simply the work of our best efforts, we will horde, keep, and spend those resources on ourselves. But if we believe that God truly blesses and gives, then we should also desire to freely use, expend, and give for the purpose of His Kingdom, not ours.
We bless each other. God desires to use His time, talents, gifts, and resources to the building up of the church. That is why He describes us as a body. Each part of a body has a role, and each is important to the function of the body.
We bless our culture and community. God’s intent in blessing His people has always been so that those who don’t know Him and his grace might see Him at work in and through us and come to Him through our lives.
The best news of all? We have the power and ability to do all this because Jesus ultimately obeyed His Father’s voice and was obedient. Now, we are freely blessed through Jesus!
Prayer Starter: Jesus, You have so richly blessed me by giving me ______________. Help me see how I can use these gifts for your Kingdom.