Faith and Blessing

Gen 12:1-2  “The Lord had said to Abram…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.”

Meditation

The Genesis record tells us that God promised Abram 1) land, 2) family, 3) blessings (to him) and 4) blessings (from him).  As a direct result of his faithful action, Abram would receive blessing and Abram would pass blessings.  We should remember that Abram was an ordinary man … with extra-ordinary character.  God selects men that share his heart and model his character.  Abram did not magically become God’s man when he turned 75yrs old.  Abrams character was confirmed at his calling as he turned 75yrs old.  His blessing and the blessing that he would become were the fruit of continued faithfulness. His blessing to others resulted from the character that he continued to model and which others observed and followed.  Godly character receives and passes blessings. 

Application

We may feel that our actions go unheralded and our choices unnoticed.  An old Scottish says it this way, “Better felt than telt.”  The life that we live preaches more dramatically than the words we speak.  Like Abram, men of Christlike character are both blessed and a blessing to others.  Do not grow weary of doing good because Christ-character pays dividends to the giver and benefits to others who follow our example. Men of purpose and integrity are blessed by God in unimaginable ways.  Beyond themselves, men of Christ-character inspire their children, wives, co-workers and others who constantly (and silently) re-validate a man’s talk with his walk.

Next Steps

Titus 2:11 (After exhorting older man/women to mentor younger men/woman)  “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”