Day Twenty Eight (Blessed to be a Blessing) — (February 6th)

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We’re blessed in the city
We’re blessed in the field
We’re blessed when we come and when we go
We cast down every stronghold
Sickness and poverty must cease
For the devil is defeated
We are blessed

  • Fred Hammond, Blessed

We are blessed to be a blessing. God’s generosity, which we explored on Day 27, is unlocked by the power and potential of this simple principle. God’s overflowing kindness toward us is meant to be shared with others. Our blessings do not indicate who God likes more, or who is more deserving. God’s grace–his undeserved kindness–grants us far more than we could expect or imagine. When we bless others with the blessings we have received, we can experience our full purpose through the gifts: living as a conduit through whom others experience the blessing of God.

God expresses his generosity to people so they can then experience the joy of being generous to others. tweet

One of the early examples of this pattern in Scripture is an encounter between God and Abram (whose name God would later change to Abraham). God’s promise to Abram reveals this theme:

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.” (Genesis 12:1-3)

At this point, Abram has no children and clocks in at a ripe age of 75 years. He and his wife have tried to have children, unsuccessfully, and it’s likely that Abram felt gripped by a great sense of failure and fear based on what a child meant to him personally and to his surrounding community. In the midst of this elderly man’s misery, God announces an astounding promise: Abram would not only have a son, but a “great nation” with a “great name.” God pronounces prosperity and a legacy to Abram beyond the man’s wildest dreams. After 75 years of obscurity and apparent defeat, Abram has yet to enjoy some of the most significant moments and contributions of his life.

The word “bless,” used four times in this passage, comes from the Hebrew word “barak.” The word literally means, “to speak well of, to praise and to cause to prosper.” God’s word is so full of life and power that when he speaks well of someone, it invokes prosperity. In Genesis 12, he promises to bless Abram with a multitude of descendants who will amount to a great nation. Quite a promise for a 75-year-old man with a 65-year-old wife! God’s declaration sounded a little too good to be true to both of them, but they eventually took God at his word. Of course, this promise would come to pass, and much later than they expected. Sarah gave birth to Isaac when she was 90 years old. Isaac would eventually father Jacob, who would father of the nation of Israel. Today in New York City alone, there are approximately one million Jews who identify as descendants of Abraham. Abram experienced a tremendous blessing, but that only tells half the story and misses the greater point. God also said:

… 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

The blessings Abram received serve a higher purpose than his own happiness. God clarifies this blessing is given for Abram to cause others to prosper. God’s promise extends beyond Abram, and his descendants, to all the other people on the planet who will be blessed through him. Abram receives blessing to be a blessing.

The ripple effect of Abram’s commitment to God would later cause his employees, neighbors and future in-laws to experience the blessings of God. The wisdom Abram received from God would bless the Egyptians and the rest of the known world when his great-great-grandson, Joseph, would rescue millions from a global famine. Joseph credited his discernment and reverence for God as a legacy passed down through each generation of his family starting with Abraham. Ultimately, God would send the world’s Savior, Jesus, through Abram’s lineage. Abram’s blessing has touched everyone, and his life is an example for us. God’s promise to him was so dynamic, that he changes his name to Abraham which means “father of many.”

We are also blessed to be a blessing.

Everything God has given us is to be a blessing that we turn around and share with others. Our time, talents, and treasures are meant to bless (prosper) those around us. tweet

We are to use our words to speak highly of those in our midst so they can experience God’s blessing. A lack of proper perspective prompts us to utilize our blessings and our time outside the original intent. When we embrace everything we have as a blessing meant to extend beyond ourselves, we begin to step into our full purpose.

  1. What are some benefits of embracing blessing in order to be a blessing?
  2. What are some ways you have been blessed in your life?
  3. How can you leverage those blessings to bless someone else’s life?

Written by: Rasool Berry

Edited by: Christina Utley

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