And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing. – Genesis 12:2
God wants to bless us. We always thought that God is not interested in our well-being here on earth, that He just wants us to survive on earth and one day when we go to Heaven, we will have everything. What if I told you that the God that is so willing to give us all good things in Heaven one day, has no problem when you receive some of it or even all of it today. Psalm 35 verse 27 says, “Let those who favour my righteous cause and have pleasure in my uprightness shout for joy and be glad and say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, Who takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” Galatians 3 verse 8 says, “those who are of faith are blessed with the believing Abraham.” If we believe in Christ, we immediately become heirs of the promise that God made to Abraham.
God said the following to Abraham; “Abraham, I am going to bless you,” and Abraham agreed, and the result was that the blessing manifested. So then, if we are blessed with Abraham, it must work exactly the same for us today. God comes to us through His Word and says, “I want to bless you” and when we agree with His word and say, “Yes, Lord, you can bless me,” we will see it manifest. Sometimes we forget that it is God that wants to bless us. We don’t need to convince Him to bless us, we can simply agree in faith with His will. God blessed Abraham without placing any condition on it. According to Galatians 3 verse 6 the Bible says that Abraham believed in God, and it was accounted to him as righteousness. According to Genesis 13 (just after God said that to Him and he believed it in Genesis 12), Abraham was extremely rich in silver, gold, and livestock. When God blessed Him, that blessing included financial prosperity, which means a lot of money and possessions in today’s terms.
For us today, after Jesus died on the Cross and was raised from the dead, the most important thing is to know Jesus Christ more and more. We also have the great commission that must be our greatest motivation and goal in this life as Christians. We live for Christ and His purposes. Our hearts should be filled and flooded with His love and His purposes and then as a result we will be the most generous people on this earth. When we are living this higher type of life, I cannot see why we should not also embrace the fact that the Bible clearly teaches that it is the heart of the Father to bless His children. God will never change, and His plans remain the same.
God has already blessed us in Christ (Ephesians 1), and He will bring the reality (manifestation) of that blessing into our lives when we believe it. There are two sides to this blessing: on the one side Jesus died and we are blessed in Christ. On the other side there is the growing manifestation of the blessing in our lives, when we believe what He did and that we are already blessed in Christ.
God is saying to you today ……. (Put your name in here), I want to bless you!
I know what my response is, what will yours be…?