When people say, “I’m blessed,” it doesn’t always mean material blessings. Beyond blessed is that we are so blessed, we are able to bless others.
Giving to others is only one part of being blessed. Another part of being blessed, which plays a major role, is stewardship. Stewardship has to do with every area of our lives, not just in money.
However, there are some, yes, even Christians, that are “stingy.” I honestly don’t believe they are who they say they are when they are not generous. Stinginess is a carnal attitude that needs to take a hike, if you are a Christian. Generosity and stewardship go hand in hand.
If we are generous but not a good steward, I don’t think we will ever go beyond blessed. If we’re not a good steward along with the generosity, we won’t “manage” what God gives us. On the other hand, if we’re a good steward, but not generous, then why would God bless us and give us more? The whole purpose of blessing is to get the resources to the people who need it.
Think of it this way: God has and owns all the resources for all the needs. Needs on one side, resources on the other. We are in-between. God channels, funds, His resources through His children, us. So, God will bless us, His children, but if it doesn’t get to the “need,” others, He will move on to someone else. He will find someone who will be a “river,” not a “reservoir.” If we are not a good steward, our resources will only last a little while.
This thing of being generous and a good steward goes all the way back to Abraham where God is talking to Abraham. Genesis 12:2 – “I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing.” Blessing a person was God’s idea, not ours.
God wants us to go beyond blessed, to be a blessing to others. Do you know what will close someone’s ears faster than anything in a church service? Talking about money! I have literally heard people say that this subject is why they won’t go to church. “All those people want is your money!” I cringe when I hear that. However, the Bible talks a lot about money. Every time someone “worshiped” they brought an offering. God commanded offerings. God’s the One that set up tithing. That was not thought of by a “Preacher.” Sixteen out of thirty-eight parables that Jesus told, talked about money and possessions.
Don’t ever forget: God owns it all, including what we call “ours.” When God wants to accomplish His purpose, He does it. You might say, “But He needs my money to build that church!” No He doesn’t. God uses what He already owns. Over and over in Scripture, it tells us everything is His. We need to be very careful about calling all the money and possessions we have ours. He owns it all! He’s the One who gave it to us in the first place and if we get arrogant and prissy with the attitude of, “This is all mine,” He’ll let us know pretty quick who it really belongs to.
When Jesus talked about money, He was after their “hearts,” not their money. Matthew 6:21 – “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Don’t twist this verse or turn it around. If you give, then your heart will be there, not when your heart is right and then give. Giving comes first.
We “get to give” to be a blessing. So, how do we “be a blessing?” God blesses us for two reason: He blesses us because He loves us; you bless your children, because you love them, right? There’s nothing wrong with wanting something nice for your family. Don’t let the enemy come along and place condemning thoughts for wanting to improve your life.
He also blesses us to be a blessing. Some of you may remember a little book that came out years ago called “The Prayer of Jabez.”
1 Chronicles 4:9 – Now Jabez was more honorable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” (Jabez in Hebrew means pain, hurt, or sorrow.) (Verse 10) And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.
In other words: Would You bless me, O God, increase my finances, resources, keep me in good steward over what You give me, to be a blessing to others.
He prayed to be blessed. So, was that a bad or conceited prayer? If it was, then why did God grant it? And, if it was a prayer that we shouldn’t pray, why did God call Jabez more honorable than his brothers? God granted his request so that he could be a blessing to others.
Bottom line: It is not wrong to ask God to bless us! It is not wrong to steward our finances so that when we see a need, and God leads us, we can meet that person’s need.
The enemy has messed our thinking up in this area because so many preachers have ruined it with their teaching of “Give to get!” Some that have preached that teaching for years, live in million dollar houses and their congregations are poor as a church mouse. It’s that prosperity preaching and the only one’s getting rich is them. Leave them alone. God will deal with them in due time.
We are generous and give in order to answer someone’s prayer, because they needed a blessing. Beyond blessed is about being a blessing! This is not about being blessed for selfish reasons and to hoard what is given. God will show us a need in someone’s life and we go and bless them. Let your blessing flow like a river, in and out!