God’s Grand Plan for your life:
Be Blessed to Be a Blessing !
The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham “ All Nations will be blessed through you.” So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham through you.”
1. Now the Lord said to Abram,
“Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.
2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
The Bible actually begins with the theme of missions in the book of Genesis and maintains that driving passion throughout the entire Old Testament and on into the New Testament. If an Old Testament “Great Commission” must be identified, then it will be Genesis 12:3 . “…all the peoples of the earth will be blessed through you [Abraham].”
This is the earliest statement of the fact that it will be God’s purpose and plan to see that the message of his grace and blessing comes to every person on the planet earth including in you.
From now on, let us explore about God’s grand plan for your life.
God promised that God will make you into a great nation and God will bless you;
All the people of the earth may be blessed through you. In order that you may be a blessing; I will bless So that all the people on earth may be blessed through you.
Dr Todd Ahrend, The Traveling Team said that “Out of all the nations, God chose one nation to reach the rest of the nations.” The reason why God chose Israel to be the channel of God’s blessing.
Imperative #1:“Go from your country”
1. Abraham was given three promises if he leaves Ur:
a. Abraham will be a great nation
b. God will personally bless him
c. Abraham will have a great name
2. Abraham’s leaving Ur sets up God’s global purpose (“so that” vs 2) in using Abraham to be a blessing.
Imperative #2: “Be a blessing”
1. Three promises of God to Abraham if he obeys in being a blessing:
• a. God will bless those who bless Abraham
• b. God will curse those who curse Abraham
• c. God will bless the families of the earth through Abraham (Galatians 3:8,16; Acts 3:25-26; cf. Romans 9:5)
• “families of the earth” = all the peoples, all the tribes or nations, a people group
2. The meaning of blessing: “…refers to God’s gracious favor and power bestowed on those who respond to Him by faith (Genesis 15:6; Psalm 67).
The blessing of His favor draws us into relationship with Himself, resulting in peace, well-being and salvation. The blessing of His power affects the practical realities of life, resulting in good harvests, long life, wealth, children and miraculous works.
Thus, blessing is both a relational term, and a power term.”
Final purpose clause: the range of the promise is for all people
(people groups to be blessed through God blessing Abraham.)
God is blessing His people so that His people will be bless to all the families of the earth (nations).
So that you will be the channel of God’s blessing. Always remember that you are to be blessed by the Lord to bless others. In other words, you are destined to be blessed once you became a child of God. Once you became a child of God, you became an heir of His Blessing. Be a Blessing as you are blessed by God.
In Psalms 67 :6-7 says that the land will yield its harvest, and God, our God will bless us. God will bless us and all the ends of the earth will fear (honor, glorify) him… Yes, you will be bless so that you will be the channel of God’s blessing. So that all the people will honor and glorify Him.