Devotional

“I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others.” – Genesis 12:2.

If you talk to Christians for any length of time you will hear the word blessing. We tell people that we are blessed, or for them to have a blessed day. We count our blessings, and of course if someone sneezes, we say, “God bless you.” We count our blessings, name them one by one. In fact, the word blessing is used so often that it can become just another word. God has promised to bless us. The question is what are we doing with all our blessings: are we a conduit or a holding tank? 

If you’re simply accumulating more and more rather than giving what has been given to you, then you are a holding tank. However, if you give away the things that God gives you, then you become a conduit through which His blessings flow. God blesses us so that we can bless others.

In Genesis 12:1-2 (ESV) God reveals Himself to a man named Abram and says, “… 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.”

Why does God promise to make Abram into a great nation, bless him, and make his name great? Notice the two words, “so that”. Those two words show us why God blessed Abram and why God blesses us today. God blessed Abram “so that” he would be a blessing to others. In other words, God didn’t bless Abram primarily for Abram, instead He blessed Abram for the sake of others.    

So why does God bless you, or me? He blesses you and me so that we will be a blessing to others. He blesses us so that we will be a blessing for the sake of Christ, so that other people experience His blessings through you. So instead of merely counting your blessings one by one, start giving to others by being a conduit to pass your blessings along to others.  2 Corinthians 9:6-7 adds, “Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.”

These verses are a direct promise from God: If you will sow abundantly with a cheerful attitude, then God will bless you so you can be a conduit to bless others.  We are blessed to be a blessing.

Discussion Questions:

  1. In what ways can we be a blessing to others?
  2. Does how you live bless others?