Genesis 12:2-3 “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: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
What does it mean to be a blessing? Truth is, it may be different for different people. Throwing a ball back to a kid playing ball, may be a blessing to him. Throwing a ball at a man moving an expensive, heavy mirror, is NOT. THOU SHALT BE A BLESSING…. Cut and dry, I am supposed to be a blessing. How to Be a Blessing.
1. Be a Blessing in Word (Gen. 19; James 3:10). Remember when the Lord told Abraham that He was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah; Abraham pleaded with God to spare the city if any righteous people could be found. Abraham was a blessing in word. Notice that we both bless and curse with our words. It is wrong to, with one breath, praise and bless God, and with the next, curse people. We should bless and praise God and bless and praise people. Being a blessing in word means to be Positive, Supportive, and Encouraging.
2. Be a Blessing in Deed (Gen. 18). Remember the three men (the Lord and two angels) who showed up at his tent? He immediately commanded that the visitors be fed and refreshed. Being a blessing in deed means to be a Servant, be a Helper.
3. Be a Blessing to Everyone (Gen. 23:1-6). Abraham was even a blessing to the sons of Heth. When Sarah died, Ephron the Hittite offered to give him a burying place for her. But, Abraham was determined to pay for it. He simply was an honest, generous man, who thought of others and he was determined to do what was right before God and others. Be a blessing to those who love you. Be a blessing to those who don’t. Be a blessing to your family. Be a blessing to those without a family. Be a blessing to your friends. Be a blessing to those needing a friend.
Youth Pastor | Assistant Pastor
Clays Mill Baptist Church