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Thought for the Week: Genesis 12:2

by admin on August 26, 2012 in Purpose, Thought for the Week with No Comments

“I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2).

You, friend, are blessed—utterly blessed.  Stop comparing yourself to your neighbor and just start looking around you.  Amazing, right?  What do you see?  Is there a wedding dress hanging in your closet?  Is there a meal prepared for 100 of your closest friends and family members?  Is there a honeymoon waiting for you?

Maybe your wedding is smaller scale.  Still look around.  Is there a friend or a family member who is celebrating your engagement with you?  Is there a man who loves you and wants to be yours forever?  Is there a life down the road that you look forward to?

Scale back even more.  Do you have a job?  Is there food on your table and a roof over your head?  Can you walk and see and taste and hear?  Is your mind clear?  Do you know Jesus?

You are deeply blessed because the Lord loves you and has paid the penalty for your sin.  Any ability or gift or possession or experience we have that brings us joy is just frosting on the cake.  If you still can’t see your blessing, ask the Lord to show you.  In seeing your blessings, your purpose is magnified because you can use your blessing to bless others.  Out of the riches and joy of Christ, even in our own poverty or despair, we can still bless others.

Lord Jesus, You are my all in all.  Forgive me that I tend to count the blessings of the world, which are measured by dollars. You have blessed me with so much more than that.  May I never lose sight of the wonder of the gift of Your saving and redeeming love, and may I count all of my abilities, opportunities, and possessions as resources by which to bless others.  When I have learned to do this faithfully, continually bless me that I might be a blessing to others as Abram was.  Start now with my wedding.  How can I use it to bless someone?  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

By Lindsay

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