“The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face to shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-25 NKJV
This “blessing” from the book of Numbers in the Old Testament, is the blessing that God gave to Moses so that Aaron and his sons could bless the children of Israel. As children of God through Jesus Christ, we are blessed with this same blessing! God blesses us, keeps us safe and close to Him, shines His love on us, showers us with mercy and grace, watches over us and gives us peace.
Soak in this blessing for just a minute. Wow, it is amazing all the ways that God favors us, and blesses us! For just a few moments, let your mind race with all the blessings that God has given you. Too many to count on fingers and toes?? Family, friends, church family, individual gifts, fruits of the spirit, knowledge, salvation?? (To just name a very few!)
Jesus tells us that we are to let our joy and love and knowledge of God shine for others to see. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 NKJV Not just a light that is visible to others, but to let our works and our service and our actions, so shine that God is glorified. And as we serve and help, we not only bless others, we receive the blessing of sharing God with others.
Today let’s explore the ways in which we can bless others, anyone whose life touches ours. How can we be a blessing, demonstrating God’s love and grace and peace and blessings to those around us? What can we do?
We can love. Bless others by simply loving them as God has loved us.
We can pray. Bless others by praying for their needs, healing, salvation, anything.
We can listen. Bless others by listening compassionately and empathizing.
We can encourage. Bless others by building them up with words of support and hope.
We can volunteer. Bless others by giving your time and talents to serve.
We can give. Bless others with financial or material assistance.
We can share. Bless others by sharing your faith and your knowledge.
We can forgive. Bless others by forgiving the hurts they have caused.
We can care. Bless others by caring for their physical needs and situations.
Please add your own to the list! This week let’s make a conscious effort to shine blessings on others so that our Father in heaven is glorified. (And we will also feel blessed!)
I thank God for each of you! And I thank you for joining me this week as we strive to be the light of blessing shining on those around us.