The real reason why God has blessed us.
The Bible starts out by giving us a global perspective on the beginning of creation. In the first 11 chapters we see sin enter the world through Adam and Eve, the flood, and the dispersing of all the people of the earth after the tower of Babel. Doesn’t seem like a great start, right?
But then in Chapter 12, God focuses in on one man, sort of out of the blue and says this...
Now the LORD said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And 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. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." Genesis 12:1-3
Abram was renamed Abraham and the rest of the Old Testament was written to show the history of Abraham’s people, the Israelite nation, who were God’s chosen people. Now, I love the Bible and the story that it tells. But it can be pretty provocative at times, especially when you’re just getting to know it.
Back in the day, I used to wonder a lot why God would play favorites with the Israelites. Once you get further into the story, you really start to see how messed up these people were and yet they were God’s chosen people. Sometimes I’d wonder why God didn’t ditch the Israelites and go bless some other nation.
Well, I later realized, with the help of a Bible teacher, that I was missing something in Genesis 12:1-3. God wasn’t playing favorites at all. His intention the whole time was to bless all nations and all the peoples of the world. I got stuck on the part that says, “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great,” and somehow missed the part right after it that says, “so that you will be a blessing.” God’s intension was the bless each one of us through his chosen means. It says, “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
The point is this:
We see in the Old Testament that God blessed a single nation that they might be a blessing to all nations. Then we see in the New Testament that Jesus himself said that he, “came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.
This week we get the joy of celebrating the death and resurrection of our Savior and to say with one loud voice, “Because of Christ, we are blessed! We are beyond blessed! We are more blessed than we could ever ask or imagine!”
But we can’t stop there because “I’m blessed" doesn’t tell the whole story. According to the entire Bible, we who are blessed so inexpressibly are blessed to be a blessing. His intention in blessing us is not that we would hoard it, but that we would allow the blessing to flow through us to as many people as God brings into our paths.
Like tiny satellites, are you using your life and everything you've received to reflect God's blessing to all the people around you? May God use each one of us to show the world that as Christians we are blessed to be a blessing. Amen.