Church! Welcome to the introduction of our newest series, “Blessed to Bless”. It’s a powerful exercise to think of all the ways in which we are blessed, and we are expectant and excited to remember the grace of God in this series. #BlessUp
In the Bible, we see two uses for the word blessing:
- To bless another person (or to do something for their benefit)
- To bless God (or to exalt God out of adoration for Him)
Genesis 12:2-3: And 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. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.
Psalm 103:1-5: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Ephesians 1:3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places…
There is nothing that God has withheld from you. If you have trusted in Jesus, every spiritual blessing is available to you; it sits at the tip of your fingers, waiting to be had! You were created with the capacity to touch the heart of God. Isn’t it incredible that God receives love from us, mere human beings?
Mark 14:3-9: And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”
This woman, shown in Mark, was blessed to possess this ointment (worth almost a year’s wages). With this, she performed an act of love, and blessed Jesus.
There are three reasons we bless others: duty, logic, and love (the greatest of these). And there are three reasons we bless God: duty, logic, and, yes, the highest of these – love. As we love God and love people, we change the world.
Blessing God out of love doesn’t always make the most sense, logically or societally. But, we must not be caught up in the praises of man, and instead turn our complete affection toward God.
James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
Acts 20:35: In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”
The Kingdom is upside down; they key to receive blessing is to give first.
Biblical references: Genesis 12:2-3; Psalm 103:1-5; Ephesians 1:3; Mark 14:3-9; James 1:17; Acts 20:35
- How has God blessed you?
- How can you bless others this week?
- How can you be thankful for ways others have blessed you?