And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (Genesis 12:2, 3 KJV)
Many Christians don’t truly understand what it means to be blessed. To be blessed means to confer prosperity or happiness upon, to invoke divine care for, to endow, to protect, to preserve, and to favor. God showers a multitude of blessings upon His children, but many are too focused on the wrong things to enjoy them. They continuously view what are supposed to be blessings through a lens of negativity.
For example, many people that receive the blessing of a job end up having all kinds of complaints just months after being employed. The Bible says, “The blessing of the Lord, it maketh rich, and he addeth no sorrow with it” (Proverbs 10:22 KJV). This means when God blesses you, it is strictly for your enjoyment and the enjoyment of others around you. In the opening scripture God prophetically said to Abraham “…I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing…” (Genesis 12:2). However, by focusing on the wrong things one can hinder the impact of their blessings.
The mindset and attitude you have about your blessings is so important. Going back to the job example; if the only thoughts that come to you are how annoying your co-workers are, how much you are underpaid, and how nobody appreciates your hard work then it’s impossible to enjoy the blessing of having that job. Instead, think about how many people you can minister to while at work, how much impact you can make by being a financial partner with your ministry, and how God is promoting you for your diligence.
Think about the men and women of the past who helped bring the gospel to our generation. If they had a negative attitude and mindset as many do today, the gospel may have never reached us. Despite challenges and persecutions, they pressed on with joy because the blessings wrapped up in God’s Word that they received needed to be shared with others. They not only understood the beauty of God’s blessings, they understood that there is a responsibility that comes with receiving them.
Although God loves for you to enjoy your blessings, He expects others to benefit from them as well. In the big picture, it’s never just about you. Fulfill the Word of God in your life as the seed of Abraham and be a blessing to your world.