Blessed to be a Blessing
Genesis 11:1-9 describes the attempt by man to exalt himself by building a tower to the heavens. The result, of course, was that God scattered people around the earth and “confused” their language.
Ironically Genesis 12:1 begins the story of the “redemption of the nations.” Abram was called by God to forsake everything-his country and his people-and follow God. (Jesus asked the same of His disciples in Luke 2:5-11)
Abram was probably excited about God’s promise in Genesis 12:2a. God said, I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you. I will make your name great. Can we relate? Wouldn’t we be excited with that kind of promise from God?
Next God tells Abram the reason he will receive the Lord’s blessing. In Genesis 12:3b God said…and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.
The principle still holds: God blesses us so we can be a blessing to others. God doesn’t bless us so we can hoard it, become proud and/or look down on the less fortunate.
We are blessed to be a blessing!