Sunday, September 18, 2011

Blessed by God to be a Blessing to Others

“I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2)

Excerpt from “The Joy of Repentance: Walking with One Another” – 2011-09-18
Everyone who lives on this earth with us is on a journey through life. And many around us are on a spiritual journey that is empty, joyless and hopeless – a journey that will ultimately lead to an eternal darkness and death. In Christ, we are exiles here on earth who are on a journey to go back home to the place “laid up” for us “in heaven.” But God has not blessed us with that for ourselves. He has blessed us so that we might bless others, so that “all the families of the earth shall be blessed." God has placed us here to walk with Him, so that we might walk with one another. And God has placed us so that we might walk with Him, so that we might bless those who are not walking with Him – so they would walk with Him also.

How do we do that? We smile. We greet those who cross our paths. We listen and respond. We show grace to everyone. We start conversations. We listen. We encourage. We tease. We give. We share. We love everyone. We care. We help. We ask questions. We listen. We look for those who are alone and we talk to them. We watch people. We pray for people. We pray with people. We pray without people. We look for opportunities. We create opportunities. We ask people what they think. We listen. We work with people. We play with people. We start conversations because people yearn to be connected and belong. We ask questions because people want to be heard. We listen to people because they want to be valued. We listen to people because they are on a journey, just like we are on a journey. We ask them where they are going. We listen. And when they ask questions, we bless them with God’s blessing.