This morning I read through the first 12 chapters of Genesis and in the first three verses of chapter 12 I saw this:
Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
The part that caught my attention this morning was the “so that”. The “so that” gives us insight into the LORD’s motivation behind His actions. His actions are made clear by all of the “I will” statements. Specifically, “I will”:
- “show you” (the land to which Abram was to go)
- “make you a great nation”
- “bless you”
- “make your name great”
The LORD was going to do all these things to (and for) Abram but it wasn’t just for Abram’s benefit. It wasn’t just because Abram was a special guy or had earned any of this. The LORD was going to do these things so that Abram would be a blessing.
Abram was simply a vessel or mechanism by which the LORD would bless many. It wasn’t so that Abram might be blessed as much as it was so that Abram would be a blessing to others.
As you find yourself being blessed by the LORD in 2016, certainly give thanks to the LORD and acknowledge Him as the source of all blessing. But don’t stop there. After you give thanks, consider the “so that”. Prayerfully consider how you might be a blessing to others.
Surely the LORD hasn’t blessed you just so you can be blessed. He has blessed you so that you might be a blessing to others that they might see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.