Genesis 12:2+3 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing… and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
What a promise the Lord made to Abraham! What a pronouncement of blessing! And the Lord certainly did bless Abraham with wealth, livestock, servants, descendants, and great honor. Yet Abraham wasn’t the only one the Lord was concerned about that day. He was also thinking of all those who would be blessed through the Life of Abraham. Yes, God wanted to bless Abraham, but he also wanted Abraham to be a blessing to others.
The Apostle Paul helps us understand more of what the Lord had in mind
Galatians 3:7-9 Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
The Lord used Abraham’s life of faith as a way to bring the Gospel of Jesus Christ to this world – the greatest blessing of all.
I remember attending a funeral for a dear gentleman, my college advisor. It turns out this man’s wife was employed at the same company I had worked for after I had graduated from college. When I walked into the funeral service I was quite surprised to see a room full of my former college professors and coworkers all together in one place. It was like the last fifteen years of my life crammed into a few minutes.
When I reflect on that experience, I am reminded that all of these people that were part of my life in some way – they were precious souls in the Lord’s eyes. The Lord was not only concerned about taking care of me when I was in college and then later in the workplace, he was concerned about these souls as well. They needed to hear the Gospel and to see a good example of faith in Jesus Christ.
Who does the Lord want us to reach out to today? The Lord has blessed us in so many ways, but like Abraham, he wants us to be a blessing to others – by sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ with them.