It seems like a strange thing to ask, doesn’t it? Of course I want to be blessed. Who doesn’t want to be blessed? Bless me now, later, tomorrow, and the next day Lord. Bless me indeed as Jabez prayed. But in John 5, we read how the Lord asked a man, “Do you want to be healed?” Of course I want to be healed. Who wants to walk around with affliction day in and day out. Heal me Lord and heal me now. These seem to be no-brainers to me. And here is something we know quite well…He wants to bless us.
I have heard from people at times that they do not feel comfortable asking the Lord to bless them, but consider Jabez who did not simply ask for blessings, but to be blessed indeed. The word indeed means to the utmost. Had this been a selfish thing for Jabez to ask for, the Lord would not have granted his request, but He did. Of course, Jabez could have had a selfish motive and the Lord would have answered his prayer with , “Not until we get the right attitude there, Buddy.” Aside from the obvious that we need to have the right attitude, it is clear that asking to be blessed is not outside of the will of God, in fact, it is right smack-dab in the middle of God’s will. You being blessed is essential to the Lord’s plan of evangelism.
When the Lord made a covenant with Abram, the Lord said, “I will bless you and you will be a blessing.” These work together. The purpose of our blessings our to be a blessing. When we stop being a blessing, we close up the flow of blessings into our life. And BOOM! There it is. This is why we must ask the question if we truly want to be blessed and this is why Jesus had to ask if the man wanted to be healed, which was a blessing. Blessings require us to abandon attitudes, words, facial expressions, body language, habits, and thought patterns that are a curse to others rather than a blessing. If you want to be blessed, you must desire to be blessed more than your desire to argue, to insult, to get even, to find vengeance, to whine, throw pity parties, stay in bed depressed. And let’s be honest with another here for we are amongst friends. Sometimes, my carnal nature would rather honk and flash hand signals to the guy who just cut us off than have a forgiving spirit. It almost seems right to make sure that someone knows they were wrong but giving them the silent treatment, harshly rebuking them, embarrassing them, or just slapping them in the face. But when I stop being a blessing, I dam up the river of goodness God wants to run into my life.
Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
The biggest word in those words from Christ is ‘SO.’ The word ‘so’ ties it all together. He is a Dad. He is not a Dad like I am that loves imperfectly, trying to always be patient, but failing, trying to always be slow to anger, but failing. No, He is a Dad who loves perfectly. He love for His children are absolutely pure. And if I, a highly imperfect man on my best day, want to give good gifts to my children, how much more does the One who loves perfectly want to bless you and I? But then there is that word ‘so.’ So, in order that He might bless us as He desires, we are commanded to do unto others as we would have them to unto us. The Golden Rule.
My blessings hinge to a certain degree on how I treat others. Am I being a blessing? Am I showing love? This doesn’t mean that I am always whistling a happy tune because I know that the man who does not discipline his son, hates his son. (Proverbs 13:24) But am I disciplining my children with love. Am I speaking to my wife with love? Am I being a blessing? You can blow up the dam holding up your blessings by treating people the way you want to be treated.
Let’s go a little bit deeper now. We are called to be a blessing. A blessing is a proactive act of kindness and benevolence. To respond to someone or a situation with love and kindness is certainly a blessing, but I should also be looking for ways to proactively go and bless the people around me. Let me step into the confessional for a moment and tell you that I am not good at this. And I have to wonder how many blessings cannot overcome the dam I have established? What about you? How many blessings have you dammed up.
The good news today is that you can blow up the dam. Your blessings to others are ammunitions exploding letting the flow burst forth. The only question today is, “Do you want to be blessed?”