Be a blessing. It’s what I tell my wife when we leave for work in the morning. It’s a friendly little reminder that we as Christians are to do what we can to glorify our Father and promote His kingdom. It could be something as simple as a comforting hug to a hurting soul or as extravagant as a new house for a homeless family. A burger for someone who hasn’t eaten in a few days or a “You look really nice today” to a co-worker. A band-aid on a child’s cut or a tear for someone lost. No matter what it is, when you accept Jesus Christ into your heart you should desire to be better…to be new.
For the last three days, I’ve had a song weighing heavily on my heart. It’s a great song with a powerful message of hope and reassurance. The hope is that you’ll take what God is doing in your life or gifting you with and run with it. The reassurance is that regardless of where you come from, what color your skin is, what your level of faith or unbelief is, how much money you have or don’t have, how smart or funny you are or aren’t, God can use you. He makes everyone and everything beautiful. Hence the name of the song, “Beautiful Things”, by Gungor. I’ve linked a video production from Crossroads Church in Mansfield, OH at the end of this post. It’s absolutely inspiring, and the way I found it is all God.
As I said, I’ve been playing the song over and over again for the last few days. Today, I saw a post from JJ and Ron (great morning show on American Family Radio) on Facebook that was a link to Johnny Diaz’s new song, “Break My Heart.” It’s a really good song as well, but there was also a link on the YouTube page to “Beautiful Things.” When I clicked on that link, it brought up another page with the Crossroads video on it. I finally connected with the message for this post.
The words to the song started me looking in the concordance at different key words…reborn, beautiful, blessings, and ultimately, new. It was here that I found the verse.
“Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too. Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular ministry rather than having a sincere heart. If it seems we are crazy, it is to bring glory to God. And if we are in our right minds, it is for your benefit. Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life. He died for everyone so that those who receive His new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.
So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know Him now! This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to Himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to Him. For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And He gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!” For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.”
– 2 Corinthians 6:11-21
I know that was a long one, but I really felt like it needed to be given in its entirety. Paul gives a powerful message about our responsibility as Christians and ambassadors for God. Be a blessing. Three simple words that carry a such huge responsibility. Our family, our friends, complete strangers, all could be waiting for us to be the ambassador that leads them to a relationship with our Father. The thing is, however, that when we accept Christ into our hearts…truly and completely…we should be bursting at the seams with His light so that we have no choice but to share His good news!
So how is this message of hope incorporated into our relationships? Easy. When you’re made into something new through Christ, something beautiful, you live to be a blessing to those around you. And when you do that, it becomes second nature to be a blessing to your husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, children, colleagues, etc. I’m not saying that it’s an easy thing. And I’m also not saying that we don’t have our moments of relapse into self. It is, however, much easier to recover the more you live for Him.
I’ll leave you with these two thoughts: (1) No matter who you are and what your circumstance is, God wants to have a relationship with you and can use you to make beautiful things, and (2) Be a blessing!
Enjoy the video and song. It’s my blessing to you :D.