Do you see who will bless you?
Rereading Gen 12:2-3 again and again, the bolded phrase keeps coming back to my thoughts:
2 And I will make you a great nation,
And I will bless you,
And make your name great;
And so you shall be a blessing;
3 And I will bless those who bless you,
And the one who curses you I will curse.
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.
The word “bless” means “to cause to prosper” in Hebrew. The bolded phrase above is about my interactions with others. Does what I do or say cause you to prosper, but do I prosper, too? This is the essence of ALL interactions between people: business and clients, husbands and wives, parents and children, government and citizens, etc.
Me to share with others,…
It starts with me sharing what I have in the way of time, tools, and talents to be put to use in both other people’s lives and the marketplace. You should prosper from me!
…you to share back to me,…
Since I offer what I have to others, and the marketplace, it should come back to me, i.e. I should prosper from you, based on verse three.
This is HUGE to me, because too often I see others merely RECEIVE from me and do not or rarely consider they are to “share back.” Few, if ever, will share back, as if they’re saying, “I got what I need, I’m good. Bye!” But God says it clearly: And I will bless those who bless you!
In black and white, you received a blessing from me and then God blesses you a second time, but only when you bless me back from what I have done to or for you, i.e. however or whatever that looks like between you, God, and me, or between you, God, and others.
Here is a video describing what this looks like when you share back
…to be blessed by God
Once you share back to me, now you’ll receive more blessings directly from God, but you have to share back from what you have received in order for this step from to happen to and for you.
EQUALLY important, I have to ask myself: Who has BLESSED ME?! If I don’t return and bless others from those that have blessed me, I won’t receive this second blessing from God.
Can you see that I now have to keep my eyes open for who has blessed me? I don’t want to miss out on that double blessing from God.
And don’t forget to read this recent blog post, “Quit messing with your blessing.” too.