These words were spoken several times by God when he spoke to Abraham about the plans laid out for him.
“Go to the land I will show you.”
Abraham believed God and acted on that belief. He didn’t know what would happen in the land where God was sending him, but he left his homeland and family to do as God commanded. Abraham never would have gone off on his own. He needed God to tell him to. Like Abraham, we have limited vision. We can’t see the big picture and need God to show us where he is wanting us to go. Ask God to show the path He has for you.
“I will bless you.”
Abraham was childless, but God’s promise to grow his descendants was true. We need to remember that God is at work beyond our abilities. Sometimes current events can be deceiving and it takes a longer view to see the blessings to come. God’s not concerned with our ability or inability. He can work through it all. His concern is for His mission in the world, the plan He has for all mankind.
“All peoples will be blessed through you.”
God’s mission is to reconcile the world back to Himself. He wants everyone to love Him and be in relationship with Him and that is accomplished through Jesus Christ, His Son. All people are blessed through Abraham because Christ is a descendant of Abraham. Because of Jesus, people can come to know God in an intimate way and have a relationship with him. And when we are in a relationship with Him, we become more and more like Him, and therefore a blessing to those around us.
Can you imagine a people that puts others’ interests before their own? Can you imagine a people that makes decisions based on the benefit of others and not themselves? The people of God, when truly in tune with Him…when transformed into Christ’s image, are a people like that. They are a people of blessing.
What are you doing to become a person of blessing?
***Taken from my notes on the sermon by John Ketchersid on 9/14/2014.***