Blessed to Be A Blessing.

Malachi and Paul agree: God blesses giving.  Materially and spiritually, God blesses giving.  Why?  That’s the subject of this post.

Generally, God blesses and rewards obedience.  A lot of folks are uncomfortable with this idea.  God is not.  All throughout the Scriptures, God blesses and rewards obedience.

Moreover, God is good.  He loves to give good gifts to his children.  We saw that in Jesus’ teaching on prayer from Matthew 7. 

But Paul gives one more reason in 2 Corinthians 9.  Why does God reward our giving?  It’s so we can abound in every good work (2 Cor 9:8).  It’s so we can be generous on every occasion (2 Cor 9:11). 

This is important.  Some Christians believe in a prosperity gospel.  They teach God wants his children rich, healthy, and prosperous. We are blessed by God so we can be blessed–end of story. And like many perversions of the gospel, there are elements of truth here.  God does reward faithfulness and God does want to bless his children simply because he loves them.

But let’s also remember we are children of Abraham.  God blessed Abraham.  Why?  So that Abraham would be a blessing to the nations.  God blessed Israel.  Why?  So that Israel would be a blessing to the nations.  And God blesses us.  Why?  So that we can be a blessing to God’s people everywhere, and we can be a blessing to all the nations.

We are blessed to be a blessing.  This was God’s plan for his people from the very beginning.  It starts with Abraham.  It continues with us.

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