“This goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless–that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.” (1 Peter 3:9, The Message).
We have been called to live exemplary lives — the kind that inspire others to do the same. In a world where the “put down” is celebrated, we have been called to “build up.” While others sass, we are to serve; when they curse, we are to bless. While they raise their hands to hurt others; we raise ours to help and to heal.
This is our assignment from Jesus. The challenge is that we have been placed in a world filled with un-exemplary conduct.
From Main Street to the Back Streets; from Broadway to the Belt-Way; from Wall Street to the Waysides — name calling, finger pointing, blame-fixing, sass and sarcasm are the standard fare. We are living in a grown-up world filled with school yard children.
So the Lord has given us a job. “BLESS,” He says to each one of us, “That’s your job — to bless.”
And then He adds this wonderful promise: “You will BE and blessing, and will also GET a blessing.” There is great benefit in doing what the Lord has called us to do; benefit for today, and blessings for eternity. On the other hand, there is nothing but hearbreak and tragedy when we forsake the Lord’s way to follow the way of the World.
This reminds me of a very graphic dream I had a few years ago. Be sure to read tomorrow’s post, for I’ll pass the dream along to you. Then you can decide for yourself how you will handle this “blessing assignment” which the Lord has given each of us.
See you tomorrow.