Blessed to Bless

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Though many of us are reluctant to receive blessings—we don’t want to seem “selfish”—there’s no way to pass them on without receiving them in the first place.

“I will bless you . . . and you will be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2)

Those were God’s words to Abraham, and the covenant applies to all heirs of Abraham’s faith. Though many heirs of faith are reluctant to receive blessings—we don’t want to seem “selfish”—there’s no way to pass blessings on without receiving them in the first place. In order to give of our resources, we have to receive resources. In order to use our gifts, we have to have some. That’s how God arranged things. He gives to us so we can give to others.

That notion—that we are blessed in order to bless others—does not come to human beings naturally. It’s a God thing, straight from his heart. The influence of the gospel tells us our lives are not just about satisfying ourselves. We are given much in order to give much.

Because of that, never live in a false humility that refuses some aspect of God’s goodness. We are given complete license from God to seek his blessings in all forms, both to enjoy them and to be conduits of his goodness. As he works his nature into us, we find in ourselves an increasing desire to bless people. We develop extremely generous hearts—just like his.

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