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Blessed by Blessing
Theme of the Week: Change Your Life Through Service
Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Key Bible Verses: The LORD had said to Abram, " … I will bless you and make you famous, and you will be a blessing to others." (Genesis 12:1-2)

Dig Deeper: Genesis 12-15

People of God have the special assignment to bless the world. The church has stepped into Abraham's story—and his covenant (see today's Dig Deeper). The church is part of the ongoing incarnational presence of God's blessing strategy. Loving our neighbors as ourselves is another way of saying that our job is to bless the people we come in contact with. When we act as people of blessing, we live up to our covenant as the people of God.

All around the country at church gatherings, I share the message that we are to be people of blessing. As I do, I am treated with stories of people whose lives are transformed by this understanding of who they are as the people of God and what they are supposed to be doing in this world.

"This is such a fun way to live," many say. "When I intentionally bless people, it opens up all kinds of spiritual conversations," others say. "This is so simple—and so freeing" is another comment I often get. And almost always I hear, "I am being blessed way more than anything I'm passing on to others."

By blessing others, they are being blessed. Through their efforts in helping others, they are helping themselves.

—Reggie McNeal in Get Off Your Donkey

My Response: How have I been blessed by being a blessing to someone else?

Thought to Apply: There never was a person who did anything worth doing, who did not receive more than he gave.—Henry Ward Beecher (preacher, social reformer)

Adapted from Get Off Your Donkey by Reggie McNeal (Baker, 2013; bakerpublishinggroup.com) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Lord Jesus, help me to see serving others not as a "Christian obligation" but as an exciting path to a truly fulfilling life.

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Curt Schleicher

August 19, 2014  11:06am

i think of the time that 2 brothers, myself and Pat, were doing some yard work while our Steve, our group leader, was recovering from surgery. Steve came down from his bedroom to express his thanks for the assistance. Even though the thank you was appreciated, just the service of being able to do something for someone who was unable was enough for us. This is such a great reminder of what my daily walk should be filled with---encounters with others, strangers and friends alike, with helping actions without expectations. i need to make this a habit in my life.

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Dean Shackles

August 19, 2014  10:43am

Many times Christians, including myself, approach the task of serving others as a burden. This week's devotionals are a good reminder on what a blessing it truly is to serve and bless others and to do so without any expectations. It is God's will for us to bless others. That in and of itself is enough. Awesome stuff here guys. Have a blessed day!

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John D. Smith

August 19, 2014  7:56am

Blessing others is like nourishment to the soul.. John

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

August 19, 2014  6:13am

AMEN, such beautiful words to emulate daily in every setting Gods is present ready and eager to show out... Anthony

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