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A Stake in the Mission
Theme of the Week: Fueled by God's Blessings
Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: "Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done." (Isaiah 12:4, NIV)

Dig Deeper: Isaiah 12

Blessing in the Bible also means that God sends us to extend his blessing to others. "In you all the families of the world shall be blessed," God told Abraham (Gen. 12:3, ESV). That promise continues through the centuries. We who have known his reconciling, accepting grace offer other people that blessing by what we say and do. So living daily in awareness of God's personal blessing leads us to participate in God's massive blessing project that spreads throughout the whole creation. We get a stake in the very mission of God. If we could live in the flow of that kind of blessing, wouldn't we experience a fulfillment greater than any riches? Wouldn't the joy sustain us in every season of life?

That's the understanding of blessing we're after. We're seeking to indwell the story of God's blessing so deeply that it can be an ever-flowing source of life for us. Then we want to learn to express that blessing back to God and also out to others. We want to live in the middle of God's blessing so that we not only have joy but spread joy. The journey to joy at the heart of Christianity runs along the blessing path written in the Scriptures.

—Gerrit Dawson in The Blessing Life

My Response: In what ways can I spread God's blessing to my friends, family, and neighbors?

Thought to Apply: When the heart is full of joy, it always allows its joy to escape. … The only full heart is the overflowing heart.—Charles Spurgeon(British preacher)

Adapted from The Blessing Life by Gerrit Dawson (IVP, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, please help me not to be distracted by false definitions of blessing, but instead, to live fully in the reality that true blessing is found in a deepening relationship with you.

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