God’s blessing on your church brings responsibility —
- Our blessings should flow to others — The Bible teaches we are blessed so we will bless others. God told Abraham in Genesis 12, “I will bless you and you will be a blessing to others.” This is the first law of blessing: it must flow outwardly.
- When we bless others, God takes care of our needs — God promises that if we will concentrate on blessing others, he’ll take care of our needs. There’s almost nothing that God won’t do for the church that really wants to help other people. In fact, God guarantees this blessing. In Luke 18 Jesus said, “I guarantee this. Anyone who gives up anything for the kingdom of God will certainly receive many times more in this life and will receive eternal life in the next world to come.” When your congregation cares about helping other people, God assumes responsibility for your problems. And that’s a real blessing, for he’s much better at handling your difficulties than you are.
- Our blessings to others will come back on us — The more you bless other people, the more God blesses your life. Luke 6:38 tells us, “Give your life away and you’ll find your life given back. But not merely given back. Given back with bonus and blessing.” You cannot out give God. The more your congregation tries to bless other people in the world, the more God says, “I’m going to pour blessings out on you. We’ll play a little game here. Let’s see who will win. Let’s see who can give the most. The more you bless others, the more I’m going to bless you in return.”
- The more we’re blessed by God the more He expects us to help others — Jesus said it this way in Luke 12 “Much is required from those to whom much is given. For their responsibility is greater.” If your church is blessed with resources that others around the world do not have, how do you think God wants you to use them to help (or plant) other congregations?