“…and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.” (Genesis 12:2b/KJV).
Today I am moving on to the next phrase in 1 Corinthians 13:7: Love “believeth all things”. Earlier in the chapter Paul has been pointing out that faith without love was nothing great in God’s eyes. Now he is going on to say that believing is an aspect of Christian love.
Early in the book of Genesis we read of Abraham and how God had called him. God had some good plans and intentions for Abraham. God wanted to bless Abraham and to make him a blessing to others.
Abraham only needed to trust God. In his case he was called to leave his home country, his relations and his father’s house to go for a land that God would show him.(Cf. Genesis 12:1).
Whenever God is calling men today, he has good plans for them. He wants us to become an uplifting influence to others. Jesus has called his disciples to be the light of the world and the salt of the earth. (Cf. Matthew 5: 13-16).
Some may object and say they know many people who call themselves Christians, but they cannot see how these men and women are a great benefit to the world around them. Well, I am afraid in our Western countries we just are taking for granted too many blessings we enjoy because of the historic Christian influence within our civilisation.
Still as we read the New Testament we get the impression, there must be more to the Christian life than merely occasionally attending a church service and perhaps speaking a prayer every now and then when in trouble. So what has become of God’s good intentions for our lives?
When Abraham was called by God he was not told he would become a blessing automatically. Abraham was challenged to trust God. He was to follow God into a land he would be shown.
By our nature we are somewhat unreceptive to God’s word to us. We cling to our own ways and we tend to adhere to things that the bible clearly calls sinful. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23/KJV).
“Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1+2).
Yet still there is hope: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16/KJV).
Our sins do separate us from God. Yet Jesus has built a bridge for us. He has even laid down his own life at the cross to open up a new way to experience God’s blessings in our lives.
“Lord Jesus, thank you that you have died on the cross for my good. You have carried all my sinful inclinations. You have born my dullness as far as understanding your word is concerned. Lord, I want your forgiveness. I want that new life. I ask you to be my Lord and my God. Please guide me in your ways so that I may experience your blessing, and that I should become a blessing to others too! Amen.”