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Blessing

23May2012

We are forgiven and therefore we are forgiving.  Upon the cross Jesus proclaimed forgiveness.  We have grace.  We have mercy.  We have life because of Jesus.  But it also brings responsibility.  As a people who have been forgiven we are called to be forgiving.  Our posture towards others is one of forgiveness.  This isn’t new.  This is the subject of lots of books and lots of sermons.

Forgiveness is about what has been forgotten.  Blessing is about what has been granted.  Scripture tells us that we have been blessed in order to be a blessing to others too.  “I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” Genesis 12:2  This is the call placed upon Abraham’s shoulders and the torch has been passed to your hand.  As followers of Jesus we are in the Blessing Industry.  Who have you blessed today?

At every turn, if we take our calling seriously, we are to seek out ways to bless people.  In fact, I would argue that this is what evangelism is: blessing people that don’t deserve to be blessed (which is all of us).  Isn’t that the Good News?  That our beneficent God decided to bless us without consulting us first, without expectation that we would be able to pay Him back in full, and without checking our credentials.  God loves you first.  And, as we are shaped by this abundant love, we are called to love—to bless—others.  first.

So I’ve got some thoughts on how to do this today.  You know who loves to get mail—kids!  They beam when they get mail.  I’ve got a boat load of kids at the house and it never fails that when someone comes in from the mailbox they are dying to know if there is a letter in the stack for them.  Too often there is not.  If you are at work, pull out some company/church letterhead and write a note to your sons and/or daughters (or your grandchildren).  Just tell them that you can’t get them off your mind even when you are at work.  Will you bless your child/ren today?  There isn’t anything more important you could do….  (You who are married might want to think about doing the same for your spouse—especially if you “aren’t a good writer and it is tough to do”—it means even more in those cases)

Jesus tells us that we are to be in the world but not of the world.  I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but our world has changed pretty drastically in the last decade or so with the boom of the Internet.  This tells me that we are—to some degree—called to engage in some of the new things like Facebook and Twitter.  But we use these tools differently.  “Do not Tweet as the world Tweets—Tweet like Jesus would Tweet.” Len Sweet.  How can you use your Facebook to bless the socks off of 5 people today?  Send them a note of encouragement.  Post something on their wall that lifts them up.  Tell them how you see Jesus at work in their lives.

As faithful followers we need to continuously explore ways to leverage the countless tools so that we can bless more and more people and so we can be the hands and feet of Jesus who continues to be the author of blessing in our lives.

SMN@CCD

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