Day 11 | Bless, Blessed, and A Blessing to Others – "Who I Am In Christ" Firm Foundation 21-Day Devotional

Monday, October 11, 2021 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Ephesians 1:3, Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.

We think and talk about blessings. We say, “I'm blessed!” What does it mean? “Bless” is a beautiful word. It is something we feel and cause others to feel. Blessing is what our God and Father provided to all through Christ.

The verb form of “blessed” (εὐλογέω - eulogeō), means: To cause to prosper, to make happy, to thank or invoke a benediction upon.

Eulogeō is comprised of two words (eu, “well,” logos, “spoken word”) meaning, “to speak well of.” Other definitions include: “To praise, to celebrate with praises.”

The noun form of the word, “blessing” (εὐλογία - eulogia) means: “consecration, a (concrete) blessing, benefit.” There are equivalent meanings in the Hebrew language.

We know it's good to bless others. We know the necessity of receiving God's blessing. We can also share blessings by our words, writings (something I hope to provide here), and our actions. This is what God did for us in Christ, so that we can do it for others.

We know how receiving a note/text of praise or “well spoken words” makes us feel. That's what we do for others, not in a spirit of flattery, but in the spirit of Christ. Blessing is one of those things that is easy to understand. It is a function of love. Blessing should not have to be earned and it is not a matter of someone being “worthy.”

There was an occasion when parents brought children to Jesus, but His disciples thought these folks were unworthy or perhaps a nuisance. Jesus strongly corrected them and used the occasion to teach the disciples about God's Kingdom as inclusive, not exclusive.

Mark 10:13, Then they brought little children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God. 15 Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.” 16 And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them.

Reflection Questions:
1. Who can you bless today with your words or actions? 
2. How have you been blessed by God through Christ? Be specific.

Action Items: