Now the Lord said to Abram…. 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….and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:1-3
This week’s picture is the Facebook icon of “feeling blessed”.…but what does “blessing” mean…really?
One dictionary definition of blessing is “anything promoting or contributing to happiness, well-being, or prosperity.” As Christians, we might change that to say that blessing is “anything that Christ provides promoting or contributing to happiness, well-being, or prosperity.”
In today’s passage, we see that blessing goes in two directions. One is receiving a blessing. And the other is being a blessing. So, what you see in the Facebook icon is fine, but it’s only half the picture.
Some of you may remember the radio talks of Robert Cook, former head of King’s College. Each day he would conclude with “Walk with the King today and be a blessing!”
What? Me? How can I possibly be a blessing? The first part of Cook’s declaration gives the answer. It springs from how we walk with King Jesus.
Look at what Paul says: 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 (Ephesians 1:3).
In this verse we see how Jesus personifies blessing…he is the blessing, but if we are walking with him, and he is living in us, then so are we a blessing! We get to bring down some of that “heavenly” stuff and live it out and pass it on to people here on earth. My favorite is quiet behind the scenes stuff—kindnesses that might not get you written up as “Christian of the Year” but that really are loving deeds done in the name of Jesus.
So, as Jesus-in-me happens, not only will I “feel blessed”, but I will, empowered by the Spirit, truly walk with the King and be a blessing.