If a story were to be written about your life—– about the lives you have touched and the impact you have made……..how would that story read? How much would be available to be said about how you improved your word, made a difference.
What does it mean to be a blessing? We use this word so often—- but today God centers on YOU as we examine what it means to be a blessing. Let me share this story — I remember this lady who I knew who lived her life to help people……I met her in 2001……every important event I celebrated…..this woman was there to rejoice with me. When my children were born….she was there. When I graduated from graduate school and when I got my PHD….she was there. When my mom went home to be with the Lord….at the most challenging time….this woman was there……She passed away suddenly in 2015……but at her funeral……everyone came to celebrate her life. There was literally no room in the parking lot or at the funeral home. you know….she may not have invented Facebook or YouTube…..but this woman lived a life of impact
Acts 20:35 – New English Translation
35 By all these things,[a] I have shown you that by working in this way we must help[b] the weak,[c] and remember the words of the Lord Jesus that he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.
You were born to be a blessing. What does it mean to be a blessing? We use this word so often—- but today God centers on YOU as we examine what it means to be a blessing. Being a blessing means to make something better. A blessing is something good that is beneficial.
- Serving people makes you valuable to God. The world says “serve me”, “give me” …..not so in God’s kingdom. It’s a different mindset in God’s kingdom this is what Jesus said:
Matthew 20:25-28 – 25 But Jesus called them together and said, “You know that the rulers in this world lord it over their people, and officials flaunt their authority over those under them. 26 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first among you must become your slave. 28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
** If you want to see God manifest greatness in your life — make people a priority.
John 14:21 -Complete Jewish Bible – 21 Whoever has my commands and keeps them is the one who loves me, and the one who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”
Your personal outlook changes when you recognize how much God has empowered you to be a blessing — you are able to recognize that you are valuable.Living for reasons larger than yourself —
Matthew 5:14-16 – New International Version – 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
— what’s the application of this verse? You are God’s masterpiece. His avenue through which he wants to use to bless the world — Did God give you a singing voice —- bless your world with it. Did God give you an artistic ability —- use it to bless your world
When you live to be a blessing you will live a life of IMPACT. What is IMPACT – bringing solutions where God has placed you — on your job, business, in your relationships.
Proverbs 18:16- New King James Version – 16 A man’s gift makes room for him, And brings him before great men.
You have something in you that your world needs — how do you recognize it and actually step into it
- Your mindset shift — it’s a different way of thinking —- As a man thinketh in his heart so is he
- What you say about yourself matters
- What you do matters
- Your circle of influence matters