Blessed to Be a Blessing
Genesis 12:1-3 1The Lord and said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. 2"I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."1
God's plan was to bless the nation of Israel so that it could in turn bless other nations.
Today the USA has more wealth, more trained Christian workers, more books, message CDs and MP3s, more seminars, seminaries, etc... than any other country in the world. God wants us, in the USA who are blessed, to bless others around the world.
There is a principle in the Bible whereby those who have been given much, much is expected.Matthew 25:14-30 14Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. 17So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. 18But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money. 19After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. "Master," he said, "you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more." 21His master replied, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!" 22The man with the the two talents also came. "Master," he said, "you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more." 23His master replied, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!" 24The the man who had received the one talent came. "Master," he said, "I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25So I was afraid and went out an hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you." 26His master replied, "You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. 28Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."2
God has entrusted us with much and He expects us to bless others as we have been blessed. Thus our mission's enterprise should be to bless others with the good news of Jesus Christ and share our resources and knowledge with those who have less than we do.
1 Genesis 12:1-3, NIV.
2 Matthew 25:14-30, NIV.