Love Your Neighbor - A 30-Day Devotional Journey

DAY 4

BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING

By Pastor Gary Schmitz, Executive Director of Citywide Prayer Movement

Pray

Lord, thank you for the life-changing power of your Word. Help me to obey your Word, so that my ways may please you and lead others to you.

Read

GENESIS 12:1–3

The Lord said to Abram, “Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s home, and go to a land that I am going to show you. I will give you many descendants, and they will become a great nation. I will bless you and make your name famous, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse those who curse you. And through you I will bless all the nations.”

Reflect

Abraham was blessed by God to be a blessing to others. Through Abraham’s obedience to God and trust in God’s promises, he became a blessing to all people. Similarly, as we obey and trust God in our relationship with him, our lives should be a blessing to others.

Before we can bless others, we must be living a life of blessing. Then we can give to others out of our overflow. When God sees that someone gives freely out of love, God blesses them even more. The more we strive to bless others, the more God provides for us and opens more doors to accomplish his will (see Luke 6:38). This reflects the kingdom principle of sowing and reaping.

God has given everyone different talents and gifts to be used for the benefit of others. Stop and think for just a minute about the ways God has blessed you with unique talents and resources that you can use in creative ways to bless others. Are you using your blessings as God intends?

You can be a blessing to others by speaking kind words, volunteering in your community, donating to charity, giving food, sharing your testimony, praying for someone in need, listening to someone, showing people you value them.

Another wonderful Bible verse tells us that, “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered” (Proverbs 11:25 NIV).

This is an amazing promise! No matter how much we bless others, God will always pour out more blessing on us.

The covenant God made with Abraham reminds us that the people of God are blessed to be a blessing. We live with a greater purpose.

Respond

God has strategically and intentionally placed us in our unique neighborhoods and communities so that God’s blessings may flow through us to others. The most wonderful way we can be a blessing is to adopt a lifestyle of “prayer, care and share.”

First, pray for your neighbors by name, asking God to bless them. Second, watch for ways to express care and love, and commit to doing them. Finally, watch for opportunities to be a blessing to others by sharing your testimony of how God has blessed you.

Closing Prayer

Lord, help me to be a channel of blessing to others.