Daily Pointers for Connecting with God
Ever hear the phrase “Blessed to Bless”? I’ve seen it used primarily as an email signature and I always thought it was one of those corny sign-offs designed to make the writer sound spiritual.
But I got to thinking about that phrase in the context of what we have been talking about the last few days. After all, we concluded that the path of listening prayer (come, be still, listen, delight) results in us paying it forward by praying for others.
But that is just the beginning. God is a missionary God. God deeply cares about the lost, the scared, the broken, the downtrodden (Psalm 34:18). Those who are left over, left out or left behind by the world. God gives Himself to us, and His desire is that we should give ourselves to others. You know, be “Jesus with skin on”. Make His love visible to others by our love put into action towards them.
A well known Christian futurist and thinker surmised that this unprecedented global standstill provides a unique opportunity for the Body of Christ to speak into the fear and heartbreak of many with the gospel of peace and hope. The need is raw and real. On a prayer conference call today, the leader of a ministry to the homeless here in Atlanta said they were being overwhelmed by calls from the poor and downtrodden who live under bridges and in camps. They don’t understand what’s going on, what they are supposed to do, where to get help now that Atlanta is “sheltering in place” and they have no shelter.
So I encourage you to add a component to your listening prayer today. Ask the Lord to use you in some way to pay your blessings forward. Since we can’t be in close personal contact with anyone, we have to be creative. Not only that but we must be completely dependent on God to guide is in what we do and how we do it. And that’s the way He wants it anyway: “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever abides in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. Apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
He will work through you. All you have to do is be deeply connected to the Vine and be available. Let Him do the rest, and He will bless so you can bless.