Blessed to be a Blessing; even in discipleship

This past weekend, I had the incredible privilege of hearing Dr. Robert Coleman speak about discipleship. He focused on the 9 principles of his book, The Master Plan of Evangelism. One thing he said stuck out to me in a unique way. When speaking on the principle of Multiplication he said, “We so often stop at the point where we get blessed and we don’t communicate that blessing to others.”

It is true, we come to the church — to discipleship — as a means for our own personal blessing and often neglect investing in others because we make the whole thing about ourselves.

I was reminded of God’s call on Abram in Genesis 12:1–3 (ESV)

“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. 2 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. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

As Christians, children of Abraham by faith, we have been blessed in order to be a blessing to others.

From these early chapters of Scripture, it is clear that the identity of God’s people is wrapped up in receiving God’s blessing in order to bless others.

This isn’t a small thing either. In Christ, we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places (Eph. 1:3)! That is truly incredible.

It’s so easy to turn in on ourselves; to get what we want and then get out… or, to say it another way, to get what we want and stay exactly where we are and never go out to bring it to others. Jesus told us that following Him would mean taking up our cross, dying to ourselves that others might have life. That’s what he did on a cosmic level. We can imitate him on the small scale in our daily lives. We’ve been called to do that. You might have an incredible discipleship group. I bet that has been an incredible blessing to you, but please, don’t be the dead end of that blessing… be a blessing. That’s our call.