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  • Be The Blessing (Part 1)

    I have been reading through 1 and 2 Samuel. I struggle with applying the Old Testament to my life a lot of the time. But these two books have been speaking to me in mighty ways. This morning I was reading 2 Samuel 6. In verses 18-19 it says this:

    And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts and distributed among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men and women, a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins to each one. Then all the people departed, each to his house.

    What I was struck by in these two verses was that David’s blessing to the people of Israel was not just words. His blessing from the LORD was accompanied by a tangible gift. It is very easy for the Church (the Church being my self, us, and anyone who claims to follow Jesus) to pray for those hurting in our lives, or to pray for our city, or whatever.

    Rather, how often do we actually take action and be the blessing to the people we are praying for.

    I don’t know how many times I have asked the LORD to bless someone in my life who is struggling with something and left it just at that. A few words. I am not saying prayer is not powerful. I am not saying we can be the answer to every one for everything. But where in our lives can we do something for someone that we have been praying for? You may be thinking, “I don’t have anything to offer. I am broke.” That may be true, but if you are reading this on your personal computer with internet that you are paying for, chances are you have a few spare bucks to bless some one in a small tangible way.

    Now, I don’t want to focus on only money. Many of us really do not have much cash to throw around, but we all do have a little thing called time. Maybe your time can be the greatest blessing to someone right now. Who is in your sphere of influence who simply needs someone to listen to them? 

    So, may we be the Church who is continually in prayer for those around us. May our prayers and blessings be more than words. May we be a tangible blessing to those around us. This is only possible by the power of the Holy Spirit and the grace and mercy of Jesus.

    Anthony