Being a Blessing

Exodus 1:7  But the children of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly, multiplied and grew exceedingly mighty; and the land was filled with them.

When the blessings of Our Heavenly Father are upon men, there is fruitfulness and abundance and the terms “multiply”  and “added” are often associated with the result.  When judgment is upon the land, division and subtraction occur resulting in famine, lack, and scarcity.  People get in the mindset according to their perceived relationship with FATHER.  HE isn’t the One who is ever changing, we are.  The faith movement of the last century was based on blessing without a foundation of Love for the most part.  Of course there were exceptions but the overall movement lacked a revelation of Agape Love.  It was all about consumerism.

When a farmer consumes all of his seed, there is nothing to plant next year thus he only has one harvest.  Seedtime and harvest have been true and faithful throughout history and continue to provide lessons  to those who are willing to observe this basic law.

Did Jesus walk around in need, barely making it from day to day?  Absolutely not!  Instead, He understood the law of multiplication and used it appropriately as shown in Matthew 14:

14 And when Jesus went out He saw a great multitude; and He was moved with compassion for them, and healed their sick.

15 When it was evening, His disciples came to Him, saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.”

16 But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”

17 And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish.”

18 He said, “Bring them here to Me.”

19 Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes.

20 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelve baskets full of the fragments that remained.

21 Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Jesus manifested the Divine Intent of Love and multiplied the loaves and fish resulting in thousands being fed, wanting no more.  The lad who provided the five loaves and two fishes had a return on investment of 12 baskets.  Clearly he needed help in getting home with the result.  In John’s account of the event, we should note what Philip said:

6:4  Now the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.

5 Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?”

6 But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.

7 Philip answered Him, “Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”

Philip implies that they have 200 denarii of silver coins which represented 200 days’ wages at the time.  They did not walk around broke but maintained sufficient funds and resources at all times.  FATHER isn’t interested in HIS children barely making it and always on the brink of failure in any aspect of their lives.  But we should expect to have a foundation of Love as we seek HIS blessing rather than greed or scarcity.  Jesus already knew how to handle the situation and did not require the 200 coins currently in possession.

Boaz understood how to be a blessing and found Ruth in the process.  Abram understood what it meant to be a blessing and his faith was rewarded.  Joseph knew what his calling was even though he spent 13 years in prison.  In the end, he was the instrument to save his family from the severe famine in the land.  We should expect FATHER to bless us in all areas as we pursue HIS Character in our lives, not just a portion but the fullness.  The result- We should be a blessing to mankind.

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