Blessed to be a blessing
“The Lord had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.” So Abram departed as the Lord had instructed, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he left Haran. Genesis 12:1-4
God called a group of people to be His so that they could be a blessing to others. God wants to bless His children so that they would be able to magnify who God is so that those around them will experience God. The presence of the Lord in a believer’s life ought to be obvious. When the Spirit of the Almighty God fills a believer, the believer cannot go on living as before; they will start to reflect the life of God. God’s presence in their lives should make a difference not only to themselves but those walking closely with them. This is what happened to the Israelites when they faithfully live out their testimony to those around them. “And they will say, ‘Please let us walk with you, for we have heard that God is with you’” (Zechariah 8:23). It is only by living their lives filled by God’s Spirit that they experienced the mighty working power of God. “It’s not by your might but by my Spirit, says the Lord of host” (Zechariah 4:6). It is through the filling of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life that others recognize God’s powerful presence in them. If God’s people will be faithful to His call and walk closely with Him, people from every place touched by the believers’ lives would be given the opportunity to know God. People around us would want to experience real hope that only comes from God. This is the mission God gave His children and the church. When people saw you and you claim you are a child of God, they will ask you the reason behind your faith and your hope and your task is to help them be drawn to Him. The more you allow Christ to make His presence evident in your life, the more you testify to His powerful working in you and might cause others to seek Him. “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15).