Make Me A Blessing!
How would you like a blessing? I know we are blessings to each other by being in church. We live in a world that is preoccupied with receiving a blessing from God. Seminars are held throughout the world that explain how to obtain the blessings of God in life. Countless books that attempt to explain how God pours out blessings on His children line bookshelves in Bible book stores across our land. But they go farther than that, too! They explain (or try to explain) how God’s blessings come in a business, in the church, in the home and in the family.
Is there anything wrong with wanting God to bless us? Why shouldn’t we ask God to bless our Sunday school classes, the sermon, the church, the staff and their families, the music program and our personal efforts to serve the living God?
Yes, we want God’s blessings. And yes, we want God to bless our efforts to serve Him. And yes—we buy books and tapes and share our prayer requests—asking for God’s blessing. Amen? We want these blessings and we need these blessings. I’m sure you feel the same way as I do.
Do me a favor. Write on your small slip of paper the blessing that you would like from God more than any other blessing.
Do you believe God wants to give you that blessing?
In the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:3-11, we read about those men and women who are blessed nine times.
Those who do work for the Lord find their deeds blessed, according to James 1:25.
Paul told the church at Ephesus that God blessed them with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. Ephesians 1:3
In a Christian world that often finds itself hung up on prosperity theology, this verse often finds itself at the center of life.
“The blessing of the LORD, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it.” Proverbs 10:22
Now that we’re all thinking about blessings, let’s consider another way of looking at God’s blessings. Our desire for God to bless us often finds itself so strong that we forget to bless God! Not only does God bless us, He wants us to bless Him.
This reminds me of the time the children of Israel stood up in their place and read in the book of the law of their God. Look at Nehemiah 9:3. As a result of this action, notice what they said to each other and to God in Nehemiah 9:5.
“…Stand up and bless the LORD your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise.” Nehemiah 9:5
Think about this! How can we expect God to bless us and have no desire to bless Him in return? Doesn’t He pour out blessings on us that we don’t even know about? Sure He does. This raises a tough question for us to answer. If we don’t know how God blesses us, how can we know how to bless God? I think the answer to the last part of that question is much easier than the answer to the first part. God’s Word makes specific mention of how we can bless God.
I found that being a blessing to God falls into three main categories.
Being a blessing to God involves having an attitude of submission to God. This involves having patience with God. When God does not do what we want when we want it done, do we have patience with Him?
This involves the presence of humility in our lives
Not, “I want it. Give it to me!”
It isn‘t “This is mine! Keep your hands off of it.”
Nor is it, “I have a better way to do things than God does.”
More than just singing “I Surrender All”, it is meaning it.
And it doesn‘t involve singing, “Have mine own way, Lord.”
This involves making a willing offering of ourselves to God. Judges 5:9 This involves making God our LORD…of all. Nehemiah 9:5 In other words, an offering for the Lord involves working for the Lord and a willingness to sacrifice night or day.
This involves doing His commandments and hearkening to voice of His Word. Psalm 103:20 Is there not a cause for us to follow? Should we not seek to follow His instructions intelligently?
This involves recognizing His dominion and all areas of life. Psalm 103:22
Being a blessing to God involves having an attitude of worship for the Lord for His power and majesty
It includes adoring and loving God more than any other person or thing and excludes people worship, hero worship, or putting other things before God and making idols of them.
A part of that is bowing the head and worshipping the LORD and King. 1 Chronicles 29:20 Do we bow our heads before meals and pray over the food? Do we keep our heads bowed during the church invitation?
Don‘t forget “all” His blessings to us. Psalm 103:2 (How quickly we forget!) Surely, we are not oblivious to His blessings. Neither are we to ignore His good treatment of us. We can clothe ourselves with this and show the beauty of the Lord to the world around us.
We should acknowledge God’s greatness! Psalm 104:1
At the same time, we should also fear or revere the LORD. Psalm 135:19-20
We should also extol the LORD. Psalm 145:1 We should lift our Lord up to the world. If we lift Him up, He will draw the world to Him.
Recognize and acknowledge God’s works for what they really are. Psalm 145:10
Do we practice being God’s faithful servant. Psalm 134
Being a blessing to God involves having an attitude of praise for the Lord
Are we thankful for what God has done for us and glorifying Him because of what He has done? This is not being unthankful as when we ask, “Is that all?” This is not focusing on what God didn’t do as opposed to what He did do.
Are we accepting God’s counsel. Psalm 16:7 Do we seek God’s advice?When we find God’s advice, do we take it?This act is vital to our Christian lives just as there are certain physical organs that are vital to our physical lives.Our failure to follow this course may result in chastisement or discipline from our loving Father. Oh me?!
Sing unto the Lord and show forth His salvation from day to day. Psalm 96:2
Enter His presence with thanksgiving in our hearts. Psalm 100:4 This strongly implies an extension of the hand.
Praise the Lord anyhow. Psalm 104:35; Psalm 115:18; Psalm 145:2; Psalm 145:21; James 3:9
My how God blesses us! Amen? How many times has He blessed us, while we in turn don’t return the blessing to Him? God yearns for us to bless Him by kneeling to Him as an act of adoration and the source of blessing to us. He wants us to praise Him and to salute Him, to speak well of Him and to thank Him for His goodness to us. This is not because we must bless the Lord but it is because we want to bless our Lord. Whenever we fail to do that we fail to bless our God. The Lord wants us to do all of these things all the time. Are we blessing God or are we simply waiting for Him to bless us?
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