“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2)
This is the promise made to Abram before he was Abraham: “I will bless you” and “You will be a blessing.” We all embrace the notion of being blessed and there is nothing wrong with that. God wants to bless His people and give us abundant life. He said:
“I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days.” (Deuteronomy 30:19-20)
Clearly, it is His will that we be blessed and that we should live. However, for this to be attained, it must be our will to submit to His. In other words, how committed are we to being blessed? Enough to love Him, obey Him and cling to Him? If we are to be blessed as Abraham was blessed, this is what we must do. Furthermore, when we are walking as Abraham walked and “doing the works of Abraham” (John 8:39), not only are we blessed but we are a blessing to others.
Though it is not clearly stated in Scripture, the evidence is nevertheless present that, throughout his journey, Abraham was making disciples. While in Haran, the Bible tell us that he “acquired” people [literally, “souls”] (Genesis 12:5). It has been long understood by Jewish scholars that this was to say, he was making disciples of those he came in contact with all along the way. Because he was blessed, others noticed and that opened the door for him to share why he was blessed. In this way, he was being a blessing.
This is the same call that has been placed upon all of us, as God’s people. We are called to choose life and its inherent blessing. As we mature and prosper in the LORD, we are to share that blessing with others by pointing to the One who is the Giver of Life. Yeshua said:
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
Mind you, we are not commissioned to get people saved and then abandon them; we are commissioned to make disciples and have relationships. Being born again is just the beginning of the journey, and as His disciples, we are commissioned to be a blessing to others by sharing the blessing of knowing Him.
Blessings and Shalom,