Becoming a Blessing

By: Gabriela Yareliz

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?…” Matthew 6: 25-27

Even the birds are provided for; won’t God provide for you?

When I was a child, my favorite part of church was Sabbath School, and more specifically, the mission story time. That was the time when we would read a true experience/story from a missionary or from people located in the featured mission field abroad.

I will never forget the story of a little boy and mother in an Asian country who decided to walk to church one morning knowing that when they returned home, after walking miles, they would have nothing to eat. That day, when they were walking home on a path through a wet and humid jungle type terrain, there was a small bag at the end of the path near their home. In that bag was fish.

Okay, so it’s not a box of chocolates, but life isn’t about getting what we want, it’s about our needs being provided, sometimes even by miracles. I can say that in my own life, I have lacked nothing. My mother taught me that no matter what happens or how tough times become, God will provide. He will provide in the future because He has provided in the past. Even when we seemingly “earn” what is ours, it is God who provides us with the ability, the possibility of employment and grace in the eyes of those who employ us.

“Give us each day our daily bread.” (Luke 11:3)

My focus today, on the sixth day of prayer, is blessing. God provides for us and gives us blessings. God doesn’t bless us just for the sake of blessing, instead, blessings change us. Blessings make us realize God is Creator, Provider, we realize our helplessness and how dependent we are on God, we shed selfishness, and we decide to share.

God told Abraham:
“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.”
Genesis 12:2

God said He would bless Abraham, but the promise doesn’t end there; Abraham would be a blessing. God wants us to take our blessings and become a blessing.

We must give expecting nothing in return. Giving is better than receiving, and often times, giving means receiving something even if it’s not material. We are blessed when we give.

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
Luke 6:38

Today, as you pray for God to intervene and bless your life, pray that He will bless you and help you see how you can continue the chain of blessing. God will reveal to you how you can be a blessing.

Many church members, who come to Manhattan, live in New Jersey and in outside areas. I have heard stories of when someone has gone to a toll, and it was paid by the person in the front because the person in the front had his or her toll paid for. It’s a blessing chain.

Everything counts, and there is no telling how far a small gesture will go.

Be blessed, and more importantly, bless.

For more information on the Ten Days of Prayer, visit:

http://www.TenDaysofPrayer.org

or

http://www.adventist.org

Day 6: Filled to Overflowing

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