I appreciate two promises spoken to Abraham: 1.) “I will bless you” and 2.) “All the people of the earth will be blessed through you.” (Gen. 12:2,3) Peter repeats the second promise in Acts 2:25. Paul, wrote “…gentiles (i.e. nations/families of the earth) who have faith are blessed…”. (Gal. 3:8,9)
What a glorious God we know and a glorious faith we possess! It is a holy (different from any other) faith in which those in its family are blessed not to hoard blessing but to extend blessing to others. Some popular examples of the blessed who blessed others are Elisha in the healing of Naaman, and Paul extending the blessing of the gospel to the gentiles.
From start to present our Lord is purposing to bless His people but then to extend His hand of blessing through them to others, saved or unsaved. Throughout, His purpose mitigates against the sinful selfishness of corrupt human nature. He sent Jesus into the world to teach myriads of ways to extend blessing in relationships. Then He gave the ultimate to bless all the families of the earth making them Abraham’s children by faith. they, in turn, bless as they’ve been blessed.
Jesus’s call of his disciples contained this two-fold purpose. “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” (Mk. 1:17) Through Him, they would be filled with blessings to extend to others. His blessings poured from their lives to such an extent that they became known as those who “turned the world upside down.” (Acts 17:6)
Calvary Church has been blessed abundantly in Christ. The Lord has endowed us with everything from spiritual gifts, wisdom, knowledge, to material provisions. We are stewards of these endowments, for which He holds us accountable. His blessings in us are purposed to bless the families of the earth. Calvary church’s history shows we’ve been a blessing to many in need as the Lord has blessed us.
The time is right for us to more clearly identify these endowments and activate ministry venues which are as channels of blessing to those in need. Watching the news, we see the dark, dismal, depraved, and desperate times in which we live. We have Christ’s overcoming power, light, salt to preserve, and His peace to share. Have we considered thoroughly enough the utilizing of this Treasure in our earthen vessels?
In Christ, however, we are new wine-skins, able to stretch our hearts, minds and lifestyles in new ways to extend the Lord’s blessing to others.
Let us pray for a revision of vision for engaging others who need the blessing we contain.
O Lord, stretch us into the channels of blessing you’ve intended us to be all along. We condemn our self-centeredness to the cross. May we live with an increased sensitivity to the prompting of the Holy Spirit. We pray for release of blessings to the families of the earth through us. In the name of our most gracious Lord and Savior. Amen