Blessed To Be A Blessing

We are blessed. Living in this nation with all of the benefits and opportunities afforded to us, this is simply an understatement. Let me give you some statistics to put this in perspective:

If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a bed to sleep in you are richer than 4,769,442,362 people in the world. You’re in the top 25%. You are blessed.

If you have any money in the bank, some in your wallet, or just some spare change, you are richer than 5,850,515,964 people in the world. You are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy. You are blessed.

If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture or the pangs of starvation, you are better off than five hundred million people in our world today who have experienced those things. You are blessed.

If you can attend a worship service without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are more blessed than three billion people on this planet. What we’re doing right now is illegal for three billion people somewhere in the world. You are blessed.

Regardless of our situation, the old adage my parents always used to tell me rings true; “There’s always somebody else worse off than you. So count your blessings.” We used to sing an old hymn: “Count your blessings” and count them “one by one”. Not only should you count your blessings but if you have been blessed in any way, shape or form, you ought to be a blessing to others.

Luke 19 tells the story of Zacchaeus, a tax collector who everyone despised because of his occupation which inferred corruption. When Jesus approaches him and decides to come to his house for fellowship, it so moved him because the Messiah was showing him mercy and grace, that he was inspired to restore all that he had taken by unethical means. Jesus blessed this man and he in turn was going to be a blessing back to others.

I am convinced that God blesses us, not to heap to ourselves and become hoarders of His blessings, but He gives to us so that we can give to others. Whether it be with money, friendships, love, acceptance, salvation. If God has gifted us in any of these areas then we ought to give out to others in kind. Not only is this what God intended but if we don’t allow the blessings of God to flow, then they could very well stop at some point. We are called to be channels for the River of God and not dams.

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. – Luke 6:38

Furthermore, God told Abraham in Genesis 22 that he will be blessed but the blessing will not stop with him but it will flow through him that all the nations of the earth will be blessed through him.

So this month and hereafter, my challenge to you is to bless others with what God has blessed you with and see if God will not replenish with even greater blessings. 1 Peter 2:9 tells us that we are a chosen generation for the purpose of giving out, to show forth the praises of God.

We are blessed to be a blessing.

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.

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