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“Blessed to Bless”

16 Nov

This past week I’ve thought a lot about a portion of the Text found in Genesis 12.  This is the portion involving the call of Abraham and God promise to bless him.

“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.  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all people on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:2-3

There’s two parts to that blessing.  First part: “I will bless you…I will make your name great.” Second part: “you will be a blessing (to others)…all people on earth will be blessed through you.”

Is it fair to say that any form of Christianity that place more value or emphasis on the first part isn’t a true form of Christianity? By placing our focus on the first part of the blessing are we any different than the self-centered world we live in?

As followers of Jesus and his teachings we need to understand that we aren’t blessed for personal gain but to be a blessing to the world around us.  I recently came across this statement that wasn’t attributed to anyone: “Remember, in a pluralistic world, a religion is valued based on the benefits it brings to its nonadherents.”  How valued is our faith by those who live around us?

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Posted by on November 16, 2010 in Reflection

 

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