be a blessing

One of the great things about following Jesus is that we are called to serve others and be a blessing to them. I say it is a great thing, but often we do so begrudgingly and reluctantly. It is not easy or natural to allow our minds to be transformed into thinking of the needs and interests of others before our selves. But it is our calling.

 

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.            Philippians 2:4

 

So we are called to serve, to enrich, and to bless those around us. It’s our calling to impact the lives of others by serving them. In thinking about this I recently came across a verse in Proverbs with a sobering reminder.

 

If anyone loudly blesses a neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.  Proverbs 27:14

 

I’ll be honest, this verse sort of makes me chuckle. It makes me think of the phrase, “with friends like you, who needs enemies.” And it reminds me of those Christians who wish to “bless” the waitress who served them at the restaurant by leaving a tract instead of a monetary tip.

 

We are called to bless others. This means not doing what we like or find easy or comfortable. But it means getting to know the other person enough to give what they can connect with; what they value.

 

As you enjoy your weekend and the relationships God has given you with others ask yourself, what are the interests of these others in my life? What would they see as a blessing?

 

May we be friends whose blessings are not taken for curses. May we be neighbors whose efforts feel like a gift instead of a punishment.

 

Grace and peace are yours in Jesus. Seek ways to pass those on to others in the same free way they were given to you.

 

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