This past weekend, in addition to our very moving dual-language service, we took part in Big Serve Walla Walla. Many of us had the joy of working downtown, cleaning up trash and weeds at the request of the city parks department.
The project was fun and worthwhile, and it reminded me of a particular passage from Genesis. In Genesis 12, God calls Abraham out from his homeland, from his family, essentially out from every comfortable and known thing. God tells Abraham that if he will obey God and follow Him, God will make him into a great nation and bless him. Notice carefully what God says in Genesis 12:2:
“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.”
God tells Abraham that he’ll be blessed. But his blessing doesn’t stop with Abraham. He’s blessed so that he can be a blessing to others. Following God means that we pass on the blessings we get from Him.
When we do things that require us to step out of our comfort zone, when we pursue God in obedience, He promises us blessings. But one thing that we too easily forget is that the blessings are not designed to stop with us, but rather to pass through us so that we end up blessing other people.
How have you been blessed?
How have you turned blessings you’ve received into blessings you’ve given away?