Thursday, April 14, 2011

BEING A BLESSING Friday 15 April

Open Heavens Devotional by Pastor E.A. Adeboye


MEMORIZE: “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them” (Acts 8:5).

READ: Acts 8:5-8

It is one thing to be blessed and another to be a blessing. God starts by blessing His own but wants them to end up being a blessing to others. In Deuteronomy 28:1-12, there is a list of blessings that pertain to the one who has moved from just being blessed to being a blessing. There is an abundance of blessings that you will be running from, yet they will continue to pursue you; enemies who attack you will scatter and flee in seven different directions. In addition, it says you will lend to nations. Until you reach the level where countries are taking loans from you, you are yet to know true wealth. According to Leviticus 25:7-49, at such a level of wealth, if your relatives sell some of their property because of poverty, you would go and buy it back and return it to them. Or if they become so impoverished to a point of selling themselves, you would go and buy them back. It is the duty of the strong to help the weak (Rom. 15:1). It is when you are financially strong that you will be able to help the financially weak. With all the resources God has blessed you with, how many people have benefited from you?

Talking of blessing others, some think it is limited to money. Not true. Whatever God has deposited in your life can be channelled towards blessing others. It may be a gift, talent, anointing, academic intelligence, material substances, etc. Similarly, in becoming a blessing, there are different categories. You do not have to start from the highest but from the lowest rung. For instance, you can be a blessing to an individual. In Acts 3:1-8, God used Peter to heal a lame beggar. Do you know you can be a vessel through which God’s healing power can be channelled to the sick? You can meet the need of a financially impoverished brother or sister. How many individuals have you impacted this year? Besides individuals, you can also be a blessing to a city. God used Philip to deliver joy to the city of Samaria (Acts 8:5-8). Beyond these, an individual can become a blessing to a nation. In Genesis 41:33-44, Joseph was a blessing to the nation of Egypt. God used him to preserve lives. In addition, you can become a blessing to the whole world like our Lord Jesus Christ (John 1:29). However, start by affecting individuals, then communities, cities, nations, and ultimately the entire world. Do not let any opportunity God gives you to bless others slip away; maximize them and you will be on the rise.

ACTION POINT
When you are a blessing to a few, God will give you the opportunity of blessing more! Seize every opportunity to bless others.

Bible in One year: 2 Chron. 7-9