Called to be a Blessing

April 26, 2012

1 Peter 3:8-12
Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.
He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it.
For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”

Called to be a Blessing


Were we fully aware that God called us to be a blessing in the earth?  What is a blessing?
It is a gift, present or benefit.  Even as God so blessed the world that He gave them His only begotten Son, now He is blessing the world and each of us through a family of sons.  Because we carry the Son of God within us, we, in like manner, become God’s blessing in the earth.  That blessing should be His divine expression and representation.  It should be His love letter written upon our hearts of flesh; an epistle for all the world to read.  As blessings we should carry a particular attribute that is different from the behavior of the world and of the flesh.  We do not repay evil for evil or insult with insult, because there is no blessing in that.
Religion has the opinion that it is teaching and preaching hell and condemnation that changes people.  It thinks that the pretension of holiness and judgement upon those it deems less righteous will bring them to repentance.  Romans 2:1-4 refutes this by telling us, “You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things. Now we know that God’s judgment against those who do such things is based on truth. So when you, a mere man, pass judgment on them and yet do the same things, do you think you will escape God’s judgment? Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, tolerance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness leads you toward repentance?   If it is God’s kindness that leads men toward repentance then what do you think that you are doing by being the blessing of God in the earth?  You are leading men to repentance by exemplifying His love and kindness.  The fact that you are different and don’t act like others act and respond and retaliate like others do, speaks to something that you carry that is different from the rest of the world.  When you walk in joy and peace in situations where others are in fear, worry, terror and trepidation, it speaks to the blessing of the One who resides in you.
Consider how Peter exhorts wives of unbelieving husbands to obey so that they might be won to Christ.  He doesn’t exhort them to be judgmental, condemning, belittling, nagging or hen pecking them into the kingdom, but rather he shares this in 1 Peter 3:1-4.  “Wives, in the same way be submissive to your husbands so that, if any of them do not believe the word, they may be won over without words by the behavior of their wives, 2when they see the purity and reverence of your lives. 3Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as braided hair and the wearing of gold jewelry and fine clothes. 4Instead, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight. 5For this is the way the holy women of the past who put their hope in God used to make themselves beautiful. They were submissive to their own husbands, 6like Sarah, who obeyed Abraham and called him her master. You are her daughters if you do what is right and do not give way to fear.”  Peter share that it is not by the outward things that your husbands are converted, it is by  your Christ-like behavior.
That is what our being a blessing looks like, it is Christ-like behavior to one another and to the world at large.  It is doing good, speaking well, treating with respect someone that may not deserve it or treats us in the opposite manner.  Jesus was always a man of action, not reaction.  What He did, He did deliberately and with right intention.  He was constantly jeered, mocked and provoked, more times by the religious ones than those of the world.  He answered  in love, truth and wisdom, not in anger and emotion.
The reason we are a blessing 1 Peter 3:9 tells us, is because we are inheriting a blessing.  The more that we are a blessing the more we are planting seed into our inheritance.  Part of our inheritance is to come into the fullness of Christ (Colossians 2:10).  John 1:16 says, “From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.”  That very grace works in and through us to be the blessing of God in the earth.
As you walk through life, encountering people in varying circumstances, remember who you are and what you have been commissioned to do. Remember you are the importation of God’s blessing into the lives that surround and touch you.  Impart that blessing out of His divine nature that is working in you.  Even in the negative and hurtful situations, return good for evil and blessings for curses.  You were born for this, to be God’s blessing, His benefit, gift and present as you express the love of Christ through your daily life.

Blessings,
kent

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