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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Pathway to Blessing

Last night I had the awesome privilege to speak to some ladies who are a part of Women on Mission in Mayo, FL.  One of the things they do is serve others throughout the year with various projects, so my talk revolved around the aspect of serving: why we serve, what it means to serve, where our focus should be when we serve. 

I shared with them these verses in Philippians concerning Christ…

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to. Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form, he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father
. (Philippians 2:5-11 NLT)

Mark tells us in chapter 10 that Jesus did not come to be served but to serve.  If anyone in all of creation had the right to live in the grandest of houses, eat the finest of foods, dress in the latest fashion, it was Christ and yet he gave up His rights, humbled Himself, and took on the position of a servant, and was obedient even to the point of death.

But the story didn’t end there.  Paul tells us in the verses quoted above that because Christ obeyed, therefore, He was blessed.

His pathway to blessing was paved by His obedience.

In our Chronological reading yesterday, God told Isaac in Genesis 26:2-7 that He would bless him, not because of what Isaac had done, but because his father Abraham obeyed God’s commands.

This lets me know that tomorrow I won’t be the only one affected by my obedience today but my children will be as well.

So remember the next time you feel a holy nudge from God that your blessing is tied to your obedience.  And not only your blessing, but your family’s blessing too.

And by the way, because Christ obeyed, we have received the greatest of all blessings!! 

Let's pass it on.

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