August 03, 2016

Set Apart to Be a Blessing

This last week in our worship service, we looked at how God has set us apart to be a blessing to others. I don't think I was very clear in setting up how the Beatitudes in Matthew 5 set us up for a discussion on how we are to be a blessing for others.  So I will try to tie that in now.

When Jesus talks about blessing, He seems to dwell on those who are having a hard life.  The significant thing about this is that Jesus isn't just saying, "Oh poor guys, you who are taken advantage of and persecuted and experience bad stuff.  I feel really sorry for you, so I will bless you."

Jesus is pointing out that there are people who sincerely and desperately desire the life that God has intentioned for us.  These people are looking at the eternal - and that is where their blessing will ultimately be experienced.

Our job then is to focus on the eternal.  And as ones called out to be blessings to others, we need to be thinking about how we can bless others through an eternal perspective of living.

Thus, when we live out the Great Commission, The Great Commandment, and the Great Companionship principles we looked at in the sermon  (click here to listen) our lives bless others through eternal truths that have eternal consequences when lived out.

Think about that for a moment, if you live out the prayer life, accountability life, and living together principles the way scripture tells us too, your obedience in doing so will have eternal consequences for others.  That reminds me of Hebrews 12:12-13.

Purposefully not writing it out.  Check it out, and ask yourself, "Is my life blessing others eternally this way?"

With you for His glory,