“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:”
If every Christian were to look at their life, they would easily see that God has blessed them tremendously. God enjoys blessing His children. Certainly, the LORD has stipulations that the Christian must follow in order to receive His blessings, but requirements are nothing more than God helping the Christian to enjoy life more abundantly.
One of the most well-known promises in the Scriptures is God’s promise to make of Abram a great nation. God promised Abram three things; He said that He would make of him a great nation, that He would bless him, and that He would make his name great. However, the purpose of God blessing Abram is found at the end of the verse when God says, “…and thou shalt be a blessing:” The purpose of God blessing Abram was so that he could be a blessing to others. There are several observations that we can learn from God’s blessing to Abram.
First, God always has prerequisites to His blessings. The prerequisite to Abram’s blessing is found in verse 1 when God said, “…Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee:” God blessing Abram was dependent on Abram leaving his homeland. God always has requirements attached to His blessings. Whether or not you like those requirements, you will only realize God’s blessings by doing what God wants you to do to receive them. If you see a blessing in the Scripture you desire, you are going to have to look for the prerequisite of that blessing and do it if you want God to give you the blessing.
Second, God has every right to attach prerequisites to His blessings. The blessings of God are God’s, and before He chooses to hand them out, He has every right to tell you what you must do before He gives them to you. The Christian must realize that every blessing belongs to God; we simply get to enjoy what God shares with us. If God is going to share with us what is already His, He then has the right to tell you what to do before He shares it with you.
Third, God’s blessings will never be realized without obedience. God’s blessings are a privilege to receive and not an entitlement God owes to us. God owes no Christian anything. You must never acquire the mentality that God owes you because of what you have done for Him. My friend, every blessing you receive from God is just that, a blessing. If you remember that God’s blessings are a blessing, you will never become bitter towards God when He chooses not to share His blessings with you.
Fourth, the purpose of God’s blessings is to be a blessing to others. God’s whole purpose of blessing Abram was so that He could be a blessing through Abram to others. If you learn to be a conduit for God to bless others, you will enjoy more of God’s blessings. The bigger a conduit you are for God to bless others, the more blessings you will enjoy in your Christian life.
Christian, are you being a conduit for God to bless others, or are you being a container to hoard His blessings for yourself? Those who understand their purpose of being a conduit will enjoy the most blessings from God. Let me encourage you to become God’s conduit to others.