Blessed to Bless
“I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” Doesn’t that sound wonderful? I think it is in the core of most of humanity to want to feel blessed and be able to be a blessing to others! This positive outlook encourages us to be a better version of our self.
This particular blessing is actually the family blessing that God gave to Abraham in Genesis 12. This was a very particular blessing that was coveted by each generation and tracked throughout history. This blessing ultimately came to fruition through Jesus Christ. He was born in the line of descendants from Abraham who received this blessing one generation after the other.
While this blessing was very particular to the line of descendants from which the Savior/Messiah would come, it is also a blessing for all who believe. God promises to bless ALL His children so abundantly that our “cup overflows”. He promises to bless us not just with stuff, but with relationship, forgiveness and salvation. We are filled with hope and faith, joy and His grace which is sufficient for our every need and our abundance to bless others.
It doesn’t always feel that way but it remains true, even to this day. When God pours into our cup, the human, doubting side of us goes to find a bigger cup. We don’t always do this because we are greedy; sometimes we do this because we doubt the blessings will continue to come. Sometimes we do this because our perception of what a blessing is is skewed by what we think we see in other people’s lives.
All around us we are encouraged to doubt truth, search for conspiracies and have faith only in ourselves. This leads to a very frustrating and distrusting lifestyle. What would happen if we were to take a step in faith that God has, is and will continue to bless us? What would happen if we allowed ourselves to feel content and satisfied with the blessings we have and instead of increasing our cup, allowed it to overflow?
In Ephesians 8 we are reminded again that we are saved by God’s grace and designed to do work God Himself has designed for us. Blessed to be a blessing! If we fail to acknowledge those blessings, we will never do the work God has designed for us; we will not feel the peace and joy God is giving us. We will feel as if something is missing. Sound familiar?
Our current sermon series, For Such a Time as Now, is designed to encourage, inspire, invite and challenge us to hear the beloved and beautiful voice of our Savior – to acknowledge and find joy in the many abundant blessings we have already received and trust that we have enough already to pour out His blessings on those around us.
This tremendous act of faith and faithfulness fills our souls. It fills our souls because we are embracing what God, our Creator, has designed and equipped us to do. At the same time we are rejecting the lies of the Devil, our flesh, and the world around us that God’s abundant grace is somehow insufficient for our needs.
Let’s embrace God’s blessings and faithfully trust that we will continue to be blessed for generations. Let’s allow the cup of God’s blessings to overflow and pour out into the lives of those around us. What better time to embrace God’s blessings and be a blessing to others than NOW!
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10
In His service and yours,
Pastor Erik Gauss