Why You Have Been Blessed by God

Make no mistake about it: You have been blessed for a reason.

When God pours out his goodness upon us, He has other objectives than your mere happiness. He blesses us so that we may bless others.

We could call it the circle of love. God gives to us so we will give to others who will then give praise and glory back to God. In the end, it’s about Him.

This cycle of God-induced generosity is clear in God’s covenant words to Abraham in Genesis 12:

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. 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….”

Blessed to Be a Blessing

When God blesses us with resources – time, money, influence, space, talents – we tend to think of them as our own. In fact, we even use possessive language like my, mine, and yours.

Although it’s true that a faithful steward is one who takes ownership to a significant extent, it is ownership assumed on behalf of the true owner. It’s an authority to be wielded solely in accordance with the interests of the true owner.

Anything else is a breach of trust.

Somehow we often lose sight of this simple truth. When we fail to be a blessing to others with God’s blessings to us, we aren’t just missing out on more good stuff. We’re falling short of the glory of God.

Intentional Stewardship

Most experts say in leadership and management circles that the best employees are those who “take ownership” of the company mission. But that too only goes so far.

If the employees moved into the board room out of their sense of “ownership” of the company and began making sno-cones, those same leaders would say that their subordinates had crossed a line. They would say that the employees had forgotten their place as stewards. And they would be right.

A steward should take responsibility for ensuring – don’t miss this – that the owner’s stuff gets used for the owner’s purposes. Anything less is mismanagement at best and possibly dereliction of duty.

Why did the Owner of all things give stuff to you? So you could steward them in accordance with His wishes. He has blessed you so that you may be a blessing – and so that blessings would multiply as you participate in this eternal circle of love.

Are you being intentional about blessing others with what God has given you? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.

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About Jack Alexander

Jack C. Alexander is a lifelong businessman and entrepreneur. In 1987, partnering with Dutch billionaire John Fentener van Vlissingen, he cofounded the corporate travel management firm BCD Travel (formerly WorldTravel Partners). Jack also cofounded the travel technology firm TRX, which he grew from two employees to over 5,000. He received a National Entrepreneur of the Year award from Ernst and Young in 1999 for Principle-Centered Leadership. He has coached and advised for-profit and nonprofit leaders, including Chip Ingram, Crown Financial Ministries, and FCS-Urban Ministries.

Recently, Jack ran a nonprofit that raised and disbursed money and resources to the poorest of the poor in twenty-six countries. Led to Christ by the poor at a small church in Australia, but a successful entrepreneur, Jack has a rare perspective on wealth and poverty and shares that perspective frequently as a public speaker. He founded Rhemedia in 2010 to tell compelling cinematic stories that help modern audiences engage with biblical truths, especially truths around the sacrificial, generous life to which all followers of Christ are called.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    Sometimes I am a blessing to others. Sometimes I am not.

    I do believe we are all very mixed bags. It’s good when we can live up to “love your neighbor”…but reality hits and we realize that we put our own desires and agendas first so much of time.

    But our Lord knows this about us and has decided to love us and forgive us, anyway.

    Thanks be to God.


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