From an early age, my mother and grandmother taught me the importance of blessing people without asking for anything in return. Every week, or certainly every other week, we collapsed into the car, drove to town, and randomly found someone to congratulate.
Sometimes it was a homeless person standing outside the car window. Others were in need in nursing homes. Most of the time it was a friend, family member or stranger who needed to be cheered up.
As I grew up, I picked up this habit. In high school, I used to leave notes for teachers and close friends. I abandoned my selfish desires and made it my ambition to use the funds I had to purchase gifts for others. . Sometimes I didn’t either.
When I entered college, I followed suit. The comments I often receive have been impressive. People started questioning my motives and intentions. i was hurt Why can’t they understand that I don’t want anything? ?
Today I often face the same statement.
As a young man in my twenties, I am enrolled in a program to become a full-time writer. One of his perks in coursework is his focus on building by blessing others. For the past 150 days we have been asked to bless without expecting anything in return. The results were astonishing.
What the Bible Says About Blessing Others
But should I be shocked? The Bible teaches: “Generous people prosper. Those who cheer others up will be well. People curse those who stock up on grain, but they pray God’s blessings on those who sell it willingly.”Proverbs 11:25-16NIV).
Matthew 25 This verse goes a step further with the parable of the three servants.
“Again, Heaven can be explained by the story of a man who sets out on a long journey. To another he gave two bags of silver and to the last one a bag of silver, divided according to his ability, and after that he set out on his journey. He began and earned five more sacks, and the servant who had two sacks of silver also went to work and earned two more, but the servant who received one sack of silver dug a hole in the ground. , hid the master’s money.”
Note that God gives each person a different amount of silver, but each one has been entrusted with something. God then and now knows what we can handle. But beyond what we are given, it is what we do with what we receive.
“After a long time, their master returned from his trip and called them to explain how they had spent his money. He entrusted them with five bags of silver. The servant came forward with five more bags and said, “Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I earned five more bags.” . “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, good and loyal servant. You have done this little thing faithfully, and from now on I will give you more responsibility. Let’s celebrate together.’ “The servant who received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver for my investment. “The master said, ‘Well done, my faithful servant. You have been faithful in this little thing, and now I will give you more responsibility. Let’s celebrate!
Did you earn 5 more bags? Maybe even two? How are you today? Do you give what you are given? Do you use your God-given gifts to produce and reap more for God’s harvest, or do you let your gifts go to waste? Wasting your time? Are you short on money? Does Your Bank Account Define Your Mind?
“Then a servant came with a bag of silver and said, ‘Master, I know you are a tough man who reaps what you don’t plant and gathers what you don’t grow. I knew I was afraid to lose your money, so I hid it on the earth, and here it is, your money will come back. If you know I harvested what I didn’t plant and gathered what I didn’t grow, why didn’t I put my money in the bank? “Then he commanded, ‘Take the gold from this servant and give it to the man who has ten bags of silver. more will be given to them and they will be richer, but from those who do nothing will be taken from them what little they have.Let this useless servant out into the darkness outside, and he will cry and gnash his teeth. will do “(Matthew 25:14-30NLT).
It’s a long passage, but the Bible is clear. As Christians, we are called to not only bless others with what we have been given, but also to use our gifts to direct people towards Heaven. And how do you do this? By blessing others. Any shape, any shape we can do. Passion Translation interprets it as follows:
It’s a long passage, but the Bible is clear. As Christians, we are called to not only bless others with what we have been given, but also to use our gifts to direct people towards Heaven. And how do you do this? By blessing others. In whatever form, whatever form we see fit. Passion Translation interprets it as follows:
“Then the king will turn to those on his right and say, ‘You have a special place in my father’s heart. Come, destined for you from before the foundation of the world. Experience the full inheritance of the realm of the kingdom that has been occupied! You saw me hungry and fed me. When I had no place, you invited me. When I was poorly dressed, you covered me. When I was sick, you took care of me tenderly, and when I was in prison you came to visit me: “Then the pious will answer him, ‘Lord, when are you hungry or thirsty?’ When did we invite you when we saw you had no place to stay? We saw you poorly dressed When was the last time he saw you sick and cared for tenderly?’And the King answers them, ‘Don’t you know? You showed your love for me when you took care of one of the little ones, my little ones, my real brothers and sisters.’Matthew 25:34-40Passion Translation).
look back on blessings
Over the past 150 days, I have received countless emails from people reading my blog. I also received a lot of encouragement and affirmation from the people who supported me.
God continues to surprise and bless me financially, mentally, emotionally, and relationally. Always in ways I’ve never seen. Always in a manner that I would never expect. But he is loyal.
And really, I shouldn’t be surprised. Still, here I am. I was humbled and speechless at what God had continually given me. Because all the good things I do are him. It is His Spirit in me and I give God all the glory.
Blessings to other people come from him.
And there are such rich blessings in blessing others.
“Give generously, and generous gifts will be returned to you, shaken off to make room for more. Abundant gifts will pour into you in overflowing quantities. A measure of your generosity.” The value is your return “(Luke 6:38Passion Translation).
Let me be clear, we do not give in order to receive. We give to be like Jesus. we give to represent him. And regardless of how we give or what we give, we follow his two most important commandments. It means loving God and loving people.
“This is my command. Love each other as deeply as I loved you. For the greatest love of all is the love that sacrifices all. And this great love is shown when a person sacrifices his life for a friend.”John 15:12-14Passion Translation).
judged by the world.
they don’t understand it.
But give anyway.
Bless you anyway.
And keep giving.
Those who do not understand it do not understand him.
It’s our job to help them meet him.
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Amber Ginter A young adult writer currently working as an English teacher in Chillicothe, Ohio, with a passionate desire to make an impact in the world for Jesus through his love of writing, aesthetics, health/fitness, and ministry. I’m here. Amber seeks to proclaim her love for Christ and the Gospel through her writing, the art of aesthetic worship, and her volunteer role.She has been enrolled at the YWW Author Conservatory, has become a full-time author, and has been featured on Crosswalk. is also a writer of