A BLESSING IS ENJOYING, EXPERIENCING AND TRANSFERRING THE GOODNESS OF GOD IN YOUR LIFE.
How we hear things and how we understand them often affect what we do. Everyone wants to be blessed. Why does God want to bless? Let’s unpack the what and why of a blessing.
Remember when Jesus first met Peter? Peter had just come in from a horrible day of fishing and Jesus asks to borrow his boat so that he could preach from it. After Jesus had concluded His sermon, he told Peter to let down his nets into the deep waters. So Jesus went from a sermon to the masses to a message to just one person. What Jesus asked him to do contradicted his history and background. He was a fisherman and Jesus was not. He had just come in from fishing and the fish were nowhere to be found.
Since Peter had respect for Jesus from hearing His sermons, he did what Jesus asked despite his best instincts. When he did this he immediately caught so many fish that the net was ripping and he called in another boat to help him. They had so many fish that the boats began to sink. When Peter got to the shore he fell down at Jesus’s feet and told Him to go away from him because he was a sinful man. What caused Peter to say that? The blessing.
The reason Jesus wants to bless us is so that we recognize we are sinful. He wants us to understand His righteousness, His holiness, His purity matched against our sin by His blessing. Most people think that they are being blessed because they are good. Peter recognized that he was sinful because of being blessed like this. He knew he was flawed and was amazed to be blessed by Jesus.
The blessing of God is to show us how different we are to Him. Peter was overwhelmed by Jesus and did not feel worthy. Ever feel like that? So one reason Jesus blessed us is to show how much He knows; that we are not worthy of any blessing.
The second reason He blesses us is to show that He and each of us are different. His purity reigns, which reveals our impurity. Jesus responded to Peter’s humility. He told him and his partners that we would cease being fishers of fish, but fishers of men.
THE THIRD REASON HE BLESSES US IS SO THAT WE CAN BE A BLESSING TO SOMEONE ELSE.
The problem with all that is said about a blessing today is that it focuses on what we get. God’s blessings will always have a transfer element. When we pray for a blessing, we need to include in the prayer how we are going to use it as a mechanism for transfer.
When Jesus told Peter and his partners to be fishers of men, they left everything to follow Him. Now let’s get this straight. They just had the biggest catch of fish probably in their lifetime and they left everything to follow Him. Tony Evans gives the analogy of a modern man who is a businessman. Why didn’t Peter turn to Jesus and say “maybe we should go into business together? You find the fish and we will do the fishing.” Peter would have offered Him a percentage of the company. He would have said “We could make millions. All you have to do is tell us where the fish are.”
Now here is the point. Jesus was saying to Peter follow me. If Peter had offered this business plan he would have been saying to Jesus, follow me. How many of us say to Jesus that we could use Him to build our wardrobe or business or future? That is what is going on in the name of blessing today. People want to use Jesus to bless them. But Jesus is saying I blessed you so that you would follow me and share my blessing with others.
It is so easy for Christians to say I am saved by Jesus, but they hesitate to say that Jesus is their Lord. That is what it means to follow Him…we need to succumb to His Lordship. Peter wasn’t as much impressed with the blessing as the blessor.
So an obvious question for those reading the story of Peter is what about all the fish left behind. Well, my guess is that they sold the fish and they had a purse that helped support them on their journey. God blesses us to use us as a mechanism of His purposes.
IN ADDITION, GOD BLESSES US NOT ONLY FOR US TO TRANSFER THAT BLESSING BUT ALSO SO THAT WE HAVE MORE TIME FOR HIM.
Source: Tony Evans in his sermon “Why God Wants to Bless You?”
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