blessed to bless

What’s more, the Scriptures looked forward to this time when God would declare the Gentiles to be righteous because of their faith. God proclaimed this good news to Abraham long ago when he said, “All nations will be blessed through you.” So all who put their faith in Christ share the same blessing Abraham received because of his faith.     Galatians 3:8-9

 

Abraham’s blessing is our blessing. That sounds good. That sounds desirable. Abraham’s blessing which was his simply because he believed God and so was counted as righteous and then blessed. But what was his blessing?

 

To be a blessing.

 

Yes his blessing included being made great and growing into a large family that becomes a large nation that does well for itself. But ultimately his blessing is to be a blessing. To bless others.

 

And primarily that blessing comes through Jesus. He is the blessing that Abraham—and his descendants—bless the nations with. Jesus comes out of this nation of Abraham—this nation blessed to be ablessing. And Jesus is that blessing.

 

It is so great a truth that we are counted righteous simply by believing in Christ. So great that like Abraham we don’t earn it or work for it, that we are simply counted as righteous because we believe. But do we forget sometimes that believing means being given the blessing to bless others with Christ?

 

It would be easy to simply relegate this to the act of telling people about Jesus. I don’t know about you, but I’ve seen people “tell” others about Jesus in ways that were anything but a blessing. I have had people tell me about Jesus in ways that were not a blessing. Certainly sharing about Christ can be a blessing if it’s done well and lovingly and the individual hearing is open and receptive. But so often telling others without a life that shows them comes across as if there isn’t much to tell.

 

Could it be that we are given the blessing of blessing others with Christ by loving them sacrificially? Could it be that to bless others we serve them as Christ served? That we give up what’s our “right” to have so that others can be loved and shown mercy?

 

Jesus loved in radical ways, ignoring societal pressures and standards of who is and isn’t acceptable to associate with. He looked to the margins of society and the outcasts—looked them in the eye and treated them with dignity and love. He was loving and patient with the stupid, the stubborn and the self-righteous. Jesus hurt for those who were lost and gave up everything to bring us back to him.

 

This is the Jesus who is a blessing. The Jesus we are called to bless others with. It’s one thing to tell people about a God who appears to be a God of rules and requirements. It’s quite another to show them a God of reckless love who gives up himself to make us whole again.

 

Jesus Christ crucified for us, dead and raised again—this is the blessing we’ve been given to give.

 

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