What a blessing!
Don’t you hope that’s something folks say about you? There are certain people that enter our world and they are blessing every moment we are around them. They find ways to be helpful. They offer encouraging words at just the right moment. When something needs to be done, they do it — they don’t wait to be asked. When someone needs assistance, they step up and do it cheerfully. Some people are blessings.
But aren’t we all supposed to be? Isn’t this the heart of our spiritual DNA? In my Heartlight.org article this week on blessing, I talk about the principle of being a blessing as part of our spiritual DNA going all the way back to Abraham. One of the most important ways we can be generous with others is to share our blessings in Jesus. Peter puts it this way:
Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master. Be ready to speak up and tell anyone who asks why you’re living the way you are, and always with the utmost courtesy (1 Peter 3:15 MSG).
This is called (in other translations) sharing our hope.
Why do you think it is so hard for us to be generous?
- Who is someone you know that is generous?
- What do you most appreciate about them?
- How can you be more like them?
Why do we not perceive sharing Jesus as a work of generosity?
- Why not send them a note and thank them for being generous?
- What blessings do you have in your life because of Jesus?
- Who is in your life because of your shared faith in Jesus?
- When is the last time you shared these blessings you have in Jesus with others?
Read 1 Peter 3:15 and notice how sharing good news is about sharing with others the reason we have hope in Jesus.
- Take a few minutes and write a paragraph giving the reason for your hope in Jesus.
- Pray that the Lord will give you an opportunity to share it with someone this week as an act of generosity!
Finally, I’m working with something new that I’d like to incorporate into my blog. I’d love to get you to share in the poll below. Thanks!