The biggest vision for the Kingdom of Heaven is that we get to worship the King of Glory in the fullness of joy with other believers. We are adopted into a greater family and that’s something worth rejoicing about – it’s a blessing to us from the Almighty God because it is the fulfillment of His promise.
Hopefully it causes our hearts to yearn for the expansion of this family, to be inclusive to the lost so that they grasp the exuberant love God has lavished on us through Jesus and the gift of eternal life. In order for them to grasp the meaning of what this family is about, we need be a blessing to them.
How to be a Blessing
So what does it mean to be a blessing?
It means that we, as the children of God and bride of Christ, have the opportunity to bring the grace & mercy of Christ to those who don’t currently have it. It also means that because we take part in the lives of others, God can work in their lives to show His power and provision to them.
Joseph brought blessing to the nation of Egypt when he deciphered Pharoah’s dream to instruct him to store up food prior to the drought so they would be prepared for the famine. God also blessed the surrounding nations by the stock pile of food the Egyptians were providing for those who came in need. (Genesis 41-45)
Abraham interceded for the cities of Sodom & Gomorrah, seeking to save his neighbors (Genesis 18). Abraham also prayed for the ability to conceive and birth children for Abimelech’s household & dug wells to bless and make a treaty with Abimelech (Genesis 20 & 21).
David saved Israel by defending God’s character and chosen nation against Goliath (1 Samuel 17) and conquered many battles (1 Samuel 30, 1 Chronicles 18).
And of course, Jesus (and the disciples when sent out) healed countless people and offered the restoration of their relationships with God. They enabled people to encounter and take hold of eternal life, healing them spiritually.
Throughout the entire Bible there are examples of God’s people blessing those in their vicinity and spheres of influence. They brought relational & material blessing. We must have a desire to see people enveloped in the fold of grace, to see them adopted as daughters and sons of the Most High God.
To be a blessing we must interact with, and extend ourselves to, everyone we meet. No matter how small our encounters with others, we have an opportunity to enable them to see Christ in us.
The first step is to pray for a heart to do exactly that. To care deeply about people and see them redeemed. Pray for God to work in you, and then through you, to impact others around you. Let us be the Body that God called us to be!