Being a blessing

One year God put a new friend in my life.  We’ll call him Bill.  Bill was going through a very difficult time in his life, and he was forced to move and start over.  Bill needed a lot of help.  I took it upon myself to start praying for God to bless Bill.  Through this, God taught me much about blessings.

There is an intangible side to blessings.  When God is pleased with you, you are blessed.  I believe this is what most people think of when they consider blessings, this intangible, fuzzy, God’s-happy-with-me sort of feel.  That being as it is, I started praying for Bill.  My prayers went something like this:

Lord, bless Bill

God:  Hey Steve, Bill needs someone to help him move.  You’ve got tomorrow off.

Okay Lord, I’ll go to Bill and offer my services.

Lord, bless Bill

God:  Steve, Bill can’t afford his medication.  With a simple call to the pharmacy you can get his meds delivered.

Okay Lord, I’ll take care of it.

Lord, bless Bill

God:  You know, Bill’s bed is in really poor condition.  You’re good at sourcing things on Craigslist.  Why don’t you find him a good bed?

Okay Lord.  I’ll do it.

Lord, bless Bill

God:  You know Steve, there’s a lady at the church that wants to give Bill a couch and chair.

Yes Lord, I have a truck.  I can help him move furniture.

By this time I’m starting to see a pattern.  God HAS blessed Bill.  He gave Bill a good friend that walked into his life when everyone else walked out.  I am Bill’s blessing.  Well, honestly I don’t know who was blessed more, me or Bill, as I’ve developed a strong friendship with this man.  As a result, my prayers started changing.

Lord, how can I be a blessing?

God wants us to be a physical, tangible blessing to others.  This is evident in the story of the sheep and the goats. (Matthew 25:31-46)  In Matthew 25:34 Jesus states “Come, you who are blessed by my Father” NIV.  Why are we blessed?  Matthew 25:40 answers this: “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”  NIV

Galatians 5:14 states “The entire law is summed up in a single command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  We must remember that ‘love’ is an action word. James 2:15-16 says “Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, ‘Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,’ but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?” NIV

When I serve others, I am actually serving Christ, and He is pleased with me.  By serving others (physical/tangible), I am blessed by God (Spiritual/intangible).  The blessings flow both ways.

So I ask you; do you want to be blessed?  Then go and be a blessing.

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