Just a Blessing

Everyone will be used in some way throughout their life to bring glory to God. The question we have to ask ourselves is whether we want to receive the blessings that go along with being used by God.

Take the kingdom of Israel for instance. God intended so much for them, but in the end all they chose was to be the vessel through which God blessed the world through and not receive the joy of being blessed along with being a blessing. God's plans will never be stifled by our actions. His plans for us might be quenched, but his overall plan is much greater than than any of us.

Whether we live a life that is more than just being a vessel for God's will is all dependent upon us and our response to God's leadings and teachings. We can be the type of people that are obedient and faithful to what God has planned for our lives, which will carry innumerable blessings with it. But we must be careful. Sometimes the blessings of God are disguised in ways that they aren't quickly identifiable as such, and God never promised any of us a bed of roses.

God has designed us to be people of blessing.

"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them" (Romans 12:14).

"With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this ought not to be so" (James 3:9-10).

"Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed" (Genesis 12:1-3).

Like the Israelites did at various times through history, we like to view our being blessed as unconditional. History has shown us that the only part of the promise God made to Abram that was unconditional was that he was going to use them to bless all the families of the earth.

"It will not be like the covenant that I made with their ancestors when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt—a covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, says the Lord" (Jeremiah 31:32).

When Israel broke the covenant, God changed the kingdom. He wants to be a God of blessing, but he also wants us to be people of blessing just like him. His people are to carry on his mission of blessing.

In so doing, we will be blessed people, but no matter what God will use our lives to be a blessing to others. The choice of whether we want to be blessed by God is ours. We show whether we choose to blessed by becoming a blessing.

Watch out for the potholes.