“May the Lord bless you, and make you a blessing!”
My father often speaks this blessing over my life at the end of our telephone conversations. He knows that my only desire is for God to bless me, so that I can be a blessing to someone else. This well-known saying is based on the words that God spoke to Abram. He told him:
“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2 NKJV)
From this Scripture we learn that God blesses us, so that we can be a blessing to others. This means that, when we seek God’s blessing on our lives, we should always keep in mind that God will want us to use that blessing to help someone else. We all love to have the blessing of God on our lives. We like it when good things come our way and everything seems to go well. However, we need to guard ourselves from holding on to God’s blessings, instead of using them to be a blessing to others.
There are times we get discouraged when the blessing of God seems to lift from us. Sometimes things don’t go the way we had planned. Instead of increase, sudden expenses seem to come from every direction. Maybe an expected promotion or a raise failed to materialize, and we feel God isn’t blessing us anymore. When things go terribly wrong, we may conclude that we must be cursed. God does not want us to think this way!
The enemy delights in getting us so discouraged that we lose sight of what God has promised us in His Word. Our attention becomes transfixed on the difficulties around us, so that we cannot see that God is still there in our situation. He is eagerly waiting to give us the help we need.
When things become extremely difficult, the first thing we need to do is remind ourselves of what God says about us in His Word. The Apostle Paul wrote:
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” (Ephesians 1:3 NKJV)
This is a powerful verse of Scripture! It clearly states that we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing found in the heavenly places in Christ. That is what we need to declare over ourselves every time things seem to fall apart. Don’t declare what you see, declare what God’s Word says about your situation.
The second thing we need to do is be thankful in everything. Thanksgiving releases our faith in God. It helps us to get our eyes off the problem, and focus on the Lord. The Apostle Paul wrote:
“In everything gives thanks; for this the the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” ( Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV)
The third thing we need to do is look for opportunities to bless others. When we bless others, God will bless us. It is by blessing others, that we are able to keep the flow of God’s blessing in our lives. Jesus said:
“Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6:38 NKJV)
Jesus also said:
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.” (Acts 20:35 NKJV)
When we only seek to be blessed, it hinders God’s blessings from coming to us.
This principle is called: The Law of Reciprocity. It simply means that whatever you do for others, will cause the reciprocal to happen to you. Jesus summed it up by saying:
“Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12 NKJV)
These words inspired the well known Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do to you.
We have also heard the saying: What goes around, comes around.
Regardless of how it is worded, it simply means that if we will bless others, then blessings will come to us. God has promised to do this for us in His Word. If God has promised it, then we can count on Him to make it happen in our lives.
You are blessed, now go out and be a blessing to someone else. We do this to show them how much God loves them. Ask God to show you who you can be a blessing to and how to do it. Then obey Him and experience the joy of being a blessing to someone else.
You are holy, dear saint!
[All Scripture quotations have been taken from The Holy Bible, New King James Version, copyright 1982, Thomas Nelson Inc.]