Thursday, May 17, 2012

You Are Blessed To Be A Blessing

By Pastor Boniface Amani Gichina
God told Abraham, “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: “

Genesis 12:2 -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:

There's nothing God does without a reason. He said in Jeremiah 29:11, "I alone know the plans I have for you..." (Good News Bible).

God is a planner. If so, what is His reason for blessing us? Why does God prosper?

The answer is clear from the scripture above “...and thou shalt be a blessing.”

That is not a title, but the reason why God blesses. That is the only way that the blessing He will bless you with won't kill or destroy you. Until you understand the secret of being a blessing, you will never enjoy God's blessings.

The level to which you are prepared to be a blessing is the level to which you will be blessed. God will never bless you beyond the level to which you are ready to be a blessing.

We often sing, "Abraham's blessings are mine." Wonderful! But this is the condition—if you are not ready to be a blessing; neither will God be ready to bless you.

No matter how delicious a meal is for instance, if you're not ready to "bless" the earth with your waste, you are likely to die with it. No matter how much you love any dish or how much you enjoy it, you still need to pass the waste out, otherwise, you'll be a dead man very soon!

The reason many are financially dead is because they stopped being a blessings unto others.

An average adult elephant eats about 65kgs of pasture per day and discharges about 45kgs of waste per day. That means it can only retain 20kgs within its body for energy and growth.  That means it discharges about 70% of its intake per day so that it can remain alive and get an opportunity to eat the following day. The 70% discharge is recycled by nature to manure the pasture that the elephant will need in the next season. If the elephant refuses to discharge, the discharge will be poison in its body and can eventually kill the elephant.

If you eat all your food and drink all your water alone, it will soon dry up! Let it flow out to others and you'll stay refreshed. Stagnant water stinks, you know?

"...And thou shalt be a blessing." This is a commandment that has long been forgotten in our communities.  Every blessing must flow out to others, if you don't want it to stop.

 Abraham reached out to be a blessing to tired travelers who turned out to be angels.

And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground, And said, My Lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant: Let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree: And I will fetch a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts….”. - Genesis 18:2-5

He was inviting blessings unawares! Many people have allowed blessings to pass them by, because they are tight-fisted; if you touch their money, you have touched their soul!

If you want Abraham's blessings, then you need Abraham's lifestyle! That is the way he got the blessings. Abraham lived practically as a blessing. He was an addicted giver. Giving leads to blessings, and blessings in turn leads to giving, and the cycle continues like that.

Every time God talks of blessings, He also talks of you being a blessing (Gen. 22:15-18). God blesses you so you can bless others.

Every genuine giver is more excited at giving than at receiving. Covenant people are not opportunists. They are not schemers. They are people who have the love and the affection of the people in their hearts. In Genesis 23, Abraham needed a piece of land on which to bury his wife Sarah. Though the people wanted to give it to him free, he, however, insisted on paying for it.

Covenant people are more eager to bless, because Jesus said:
...It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35

"Abraham's blessings are mine" is more than a mere song. It is a lifestyle. Stop dancing around people's possessions! Stop praying prayers that will make them give you something! No! Covenant people are not opportunists. They are givers, and are excited when giving.

You are blessed to be a blessing; when you stop being a blessing, you stop being blessed.

If your income is five hundred Kenya Shillings, don't eat it all, it is not safe! You might be eating up your future unknowingly. The only way to step into Abraham’s blessings is to live Abraham’s lifestyle.

Giving is living! You won't be blessed until you are ready to be a blessing. Don't shut your door and eat all the food, and drink all the water, while somebody is dying next door to you.

Galatians 6:10 tells us: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”

Apostle John challenges us by asking, “But if any one has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? - 1 John 3:17

The scriptures are clear. God bless people, only to make them sources of blessing!
Prayer and fasting will not break these scriptures.

Friend, if you want to be blessed, open up your hear and say this prayer with me, "Lord, help me to become a blessing. I have found out that it's the only way to be blessed.