What’s Really Important In Life
“Called To Be A Blessing”
The ultimate purpose of our lives is to make a difference. Life is not about us, but about others.
God wants to take every single one of us on a spiritual journey, where we:
- Know God
- Find freedom
- Discover purpose
- Make a difference
John 15:8,11, says, “When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father…I have told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!”
God is overjoyed when we make a difference in the lives of others. When we do this, it ultimately bring us joy, as well. What a joy it is to discover this! Real joy is when we are living life in such a way that is beyond us.
God blesses us so we can be a blessing to others. God says: “If you get on board with My mission of blessing others, I am going to bless you.” Blessing us means, I will give you more than what you need personally. More health, more things, more ideas, more talents. It’s okay to use it for yourself, but not all for yourself.
This principle is visible in scripture. In Genesis 12:2-3, God said to Abraham:
“I will make you into a great nation. I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others. I will bless those who bless you and curse those who treat you with contempt. All the families on earth will be blessed through you.”
4,000 years later, Paul says to the Galatian Church, “Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might
receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.” (Galations 3:14).
Through Christ, the same blessing that was on Abraham comes on the Church, on us, if we embrace God’s mission! It is so easy to forget that God has blessed us for such a time as this.
We have a gravitational pull to selfishness—to do stuff for ourselves.
1 Timothy 6:17-19, says:
“Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.”
Be careful of those who say we are only holy when we are poor! Let’s be generous. Let’s learn to give of our time, talent, and our treasure.
Who are the wealthy people? Stats in the USA say that if you make a combined income between $40-45k/year, then you are in the top 1% of the people in the world! How blessed we are!
God does not want us to feel guilty about this. He wants us to be responsible. God wants us to realize that we are actually blessed! Generally speaking, the more a person makes, the less they give. Poorer people are some of the most generous people. Why is this? Because they put their trust in God and not wealth!
As God gives us more, let us learn to share more. With everything God blesses us with, let us be generous.
Jesus said, “…When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required” (Luke 12:48).
The Bible teaches that God always wants to enrich us. We are so blessed, because we have a responsibility to bless! God will certainly bless us when we have a focus on others.
Read Isaiah 58:5-12. In this passage, God addresses amazing values on how to treat others, how to bless others, how to have a spirit of love, mercy, how to treat others and value others as ourselves!
God gives 12 promises to those who obey:
(1) “Then your salvation will come like the dawn
(2) your wounds will quickly heal
(3) Your godliness will lead you forward
(4) and the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind
(5) Then when you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly reply
(6) Then your light will shine out from the darkness
(7) and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon
(8) The Lord will guide you continually
(9) giving you water when you are dry
(10) and restoring your strength
(11) You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring
(12) Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities. Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls and a restorer of homes.”
Wesley, the great preacher and apostle said,
“Earn as much as you can, Save as much as you can, Give as much as you can.”
The more that God gives us is for others. Are we going to be responsible?
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on February 17, 2019 at New Life Christian Church