Here Am I: Called to Be a Blessing

While we continue to deal with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, I believe we have a great opportunity to represent Jesus well as we respond to God’s calling with a hearty, “Here Am I”!  Over the next 31 days I will be sharing the devotions from my “Here Am I” book to help each of us pray about our response to God as He calls us to Himself.  Through time in prayer, this devotional journal was written to help you see and respond to God’s calling as you see Him working in your “everyday” life.

Here is day two with an important reminder that you, and those around you, have been called to be a blessing to others.

Called to Be a Blessing

“Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
1 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

Who has been the greatest blessing to you recently?  Why?  Would your name be someone else’s answer to that question?  Why?  What does a blessing look like to you?  Is that answer different depending on if you are giving or receiving the blessing?  Why?  Have you ever been intentional about being a blessing to someone?  Did it work?  How did that effort affect you?  Why?  Is there someone that comes to mind right now that you could be a blessing to?  What will you do about it?

As a Christian, it shouldn’t take long to think of someone that has been a blessing to you — even if (and that’s a big if) the only one on that list is Jesus himself.  I think the bigger question for us to wrestle with, is who am I being a blessing to.  The way we live life, the way we speak, the way we listen, the way we give, even the way we receive are all ways that our life can be a blessing to someone else.  While blessing those who bless us should be an easy thing to do, God calls us to also be a blessing to those who do not treat us, or Him, as they should.  In blessing others, we find God’s blessing grows in our life.

As you pray about the blessings you receive, ask God to help you be a blessing to the people around you.  Pray for the wisdom to know how to be a blessing to people regardless of how they treat you.  Pray that you would know the greater blessing which comes from giving of yourself to help others.  Pray that your response to God would assure you of an inherited blessing as you treat others as He would have you do.  Pray that you would be mindful of the opportunities God gives you to bless others.

In prayer,