Blessing is part of the Christian culture. We pray for God’s blessing; we bless each other; we sing about blessings; we testify about being blessed; and of course we read about blessings in both the Old and New Testaments. You can’t take the concept of blessing out of the Christian experience and still have Christianity.
One of the early places where you encounter the subject of blessing in the Bible is in Genesis 12 when God calls Abram to radical obedience – Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house (Genesis 12:1). Attached to that demand was God’s dual statements about blessing – I will bless you/you shall be a blessing (Genesis 12:2).
From these early statements we get the idea that blessing involves some benefit. When God told Abram that He would bless him, He stated how He would do that; I will bless you and make your name great (Genesis 12:2). The personal history of Abram/Abraham shows how God fulfilled that promise.
When you bless someone it involves doing (or saying) something that brings a certain help to their lives – providing dinner to a shut-in, shoveling your neighbor’s snow-covered walk, driving an older person to their doctor’s appointment, praying with a fellow believer etc.
I often remind our church that our primary reason for gathering on Sunday is to bless God. Yes, there are other issues – fellowship, encouragement, receiving a blessing, and teaching/learning to name a few. And I always hope and pray that people are blessed in these ways. But our real reason for Sunday – the reason that must be even if nothing else happens on a particular week – is to bless God.
Blessing God occurs in a variety of ways. It happens when you come with a submitted heart. It happens when you pray, especially in thanksgiving. It happens when God sees you loving each other. It happens when you sing about God’s greatness, mercy and grace. It happens when you serve. It happens when you listen to the Word. It happens when you make a personal application of the truths of the Word.
In all of these ways, and I suspect more, God is blessed by you – He receives a benefit (if we can speak of God in those terms). The benefit of watching His children walking in the truth (cf 3 John 1:4). The benefit of hearing their prayers of thanksgiving (Philippians 4:6). The benefit of seeing His love spread to others (John 13:34-35). The benefit of hearing voices raised in praise of His marvelous grace (Ephesians 5:19, Colossians 3:16). The benefit of blessing other people through you as you serve Him/them (1 Corinthians 12:7, 25). The benefit of watching your faith grow as you listen to Him (Romans 10:17).
If your primary purpose for attending church is to bless God then several things will be true:
-You will make church about Him – not about you.
-You will go to church for what you can give – not just for what you can get (and get something while you’re there!).
-You will search for ways to bless God (and others) – not just be blessed.
It’s all in your perspective.
Next Sunday, whatever else you do in church, plan now to be a blessing to God.
Stay in the Word