As we take the step to believe we enter into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. This relationship brings a believer into a position of belonging to God and His Church (God’s forever family). This relationship with God also leads a believer down a path of becoming the person they have been created to be in Christ. The result is a flourishing life in Christ were belonging and becoming are embraced, and the Christ follower understands that they have been blessed so that they can bless others. This is why it is so important to release Christ followers to partner with God to bless others by advancing His Kingdom.
When the disciples asked Jesus how to pray part of that prayer was that “God’s kingdom would come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt 6:10). Believers are invited to pray for and called to partner with God for the continual advancement of God’s kingdom on earth. The presence of God’s kingdom today refers to the reign of Christ in the hearts and lives of believers. It also refers to the reigning of Christ in His church. Both produce a growing reflection of the love of Christ and His message being shared in the hope others will receive salvation in Him. This is the very will of God.
The blessings God gives us are intended to be shared with all, beginning with the inestimable blessing of salvation and including all the other good things the Lord has given to the believer. In Genesis, we discover a conversation between God and Abraham where the Lord tells Abraham that he is blessed in order to bless others (see: Gen 12:2-3). God’s blessing to Abraham is just the first step in a much bigger plan to extend that blessing through Abraham to all the peoples of the earth.
We discover in the New Testament that the promises made in the Old Testament, including those made to Abraham, ultimately point to Jesus Christ and find their fulfillment in Him. We read: “Now, the promises were made to Abraham and to his descendant. You will observe that Scripture, in the careful language of a legal document, does not say ‘to descendants,’ referring to everybody in general, but ‘to your descendant’ (the noun, note, is singular), referring to Christ” (Gal 3:16, The Mess). Further, Paul explains in Galatians: “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” Gal 3:29). Since believers are identified with Christ, we are heirs to the promise as well as the divine calling to bless others with the blessing we have received in Christ. Believers are blessed to be a blessing. We are released in the name of Christ and empowered by His Spirit to partner with God to bless others to advance God’s Kingdom.
Let’s encourage one another to live sent (released) lives, blessing others to advance God’s Kingdom. We are called to be everyday missionaries in our everyday mission fields (home, neighborhood, school, workplace, community). Let’s encouraged and equip one another to live with our divine blessings in a way that blesses others. As Christ has brought us the joy of abundant living as His followers, let us share this good news with others in the hope that they too will be blessed to bless others. Soli Deo Gloria (Glory to God Alone)!