Am I blessing others in keeping with how I have been blessed?
As I consider the character or attributes of God, I think of how wise and good and caring and merciful and trustworthy God is, and I think of how deeply my life has been enriched and blessed by these qualities of God. I am a better person, and a more hope-filled person, and a more caring person, and a stronger person, and a more peaceful person because of how wise and good and caring and merciful and trustworthy God has been with me.
By definition, a Christian is a person in whom Christ has come to live. As such, God is living in a Christian, which means that the character of God should begin to be seen in us. It also means that those qualities of God that have enriched our lives so deeply should begin to enrich the lives of people around us. God fills our lives with His character so that, by working through us, God can enrich the lives of others.
If that is not happening…something is wrong.
It seems to me this is what Jesus had in mind when He stated, “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by people. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Dan Bernard puts it this way: “Remember putting your face above a headless frame painted to represent a muscle man, a clown, or even a bathing beauty? Many of us have had our pictures taken this way, and the photos are humorous because the head doesn’t fit the body. If we could picture Christ as the head of our local body of believers, would the world laugh at the misfit? Or would they stand in awe of a human body so closely related to a divine head?”
Centuries ago, when God called a person named Abram into a personal relationship with God, God made it clear that He would bless Abram out of love for Abram and so that God could bless others through Abram. God said to him (In 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. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse. And all people on earth will be blessed through you.”
From the very beginning of God’s intimate relationships with people His plan has been to bless us out of deep care for us and so that through us He can bless others. According to the pattern God has established, whatever blessings we have received in life are to be used in blessing others. If that is not happening…something is wrong.