BY REV. JENNIFER HESEBECK -FAITH COMMUNITY CHURCH & EXCELSIOR UMC IN MILFORD
I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing — Genesis 12:2.
While I was reading the 12th chapter of Genesis, the words of the second verse struck me with new meaning. Whenever I studied this particular passage of Scripture before, my mind was so occupied with the promises to Abraham and the nation of Israel that I overlooked a practical application for every Christian.
The Lord told Abraham: "I will bless you … and you shall be a blessing." He was blessed … to bless! What he received was not for his own selfish enjoyment, but for the welfare and betterment of others.
The same is true with believers today. The Lord has done a wonderful work of grace in our lives and wants us to share it with others. We who have trusted Jesus and have received the benefits of salvation have been saved to "save." Although our relationship to Christ brings us personal satisfaction, He redeems us that we might go out and "preach the gospel to every creature" (Mark 16:15). Likewise, God comforts us in our distresses "that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God" (2 Cor. 1:4).
You have been blessed to bless! Let the Lord do His work through you. Especially now, with the COVID-19 pandemic and all it brings with it, we need to love and care for one another. We are surrounded by the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of our family, community, and world while being limited in how we can gather or be in contact with one another. Find creative ways to reach out. Be the hands and feet of Jesus. Show others the compassion you were first shown by a Savior. Let people know that they are valued – by God, and by you.
Harper G. Smyth penned these hymn lyrics back in 1903 but the words still ring true in what we should be praying for each and every day:
Make me a channel of blessing today, Make me a channel of blessing, I pray; My life possessing, my service blessing, Make me a channel of blessing today. - Amen.