“May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine on us—so that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.” (Psalm 67:1-2 NIV)
Networking is key.
Part of the reason God blesses us is so that others’ are drawn to Him through us. We are God’s network.
Raised in a business family, and with an undergraduate degree in Business Management, I understand networking. According to Investopedia:
Networking is the exchange of information and ideas among people with a common profession or special interest, usually in an informal social setting. Networking often begins with a single point of common ground.
Blessings are common ground.
Why someone wouldn’t want God’s blessing in their life, I don’t know. Most people understand a gift from God when they receive it. As we thank Him for what He has done for us, we reflect His goodness to the world. As people witness God’s work in our lives, they begin to desire it for themselves. His network expands with blessings.
As Christ-followers, our network is the world. Whoever we interact with on a personal basis, God loves. If we need a point of agreement as we draw them into the network, it is God’s love. The same attachment He has for us, He has for others. We may not think they are worthy of God’s love, but then, neither are we:
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23 NIV)
Asking God to bless your life is okay. He wants to bless you. My husband and I pray daily for God’s blessing and favor in our lives.
“We should seek God’s blessing so that our gladness in God will spread to all the nations.” Pastor Steven J. Cole
God wants to bless you. Ask Him to bless your life, your family, and your friend’s lives. Watch as He pours into your life in ways you can’t even imagine. Recognizing blessings comes in all kinds of forms.
This morning when I was getting dressed, I thanked God for my legs. The fact I can walk is a blessing from God. Having a roof over my head, clothes to wear, and food to eat is something not everyone has. A thought ran through my mind, “What if we started our day by thanking God for the things we take for granted?”
All those things we take for granted are blessings—each of them is a ray of God’s light shining in our lives. Yet we aren’t even glad for them. God’s blessings aren’t the things we think: large bank account, big home, fancy lifestyle. God’s blessings are the people He gives us to journey through life with each day. He provides daily for us so His light can shine.
Question of the Day:
Have you asked God to pour His blessings into your life?
Further Reading: Isaiah 41:17-43:13 NIV, Ephesians 2:1-22 NIV, Psalm 67 NIV, Proverbs 23:29-35 NIV