Blessed to Be a Blessing
The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself. (Proverbs 11:25)
Sometimes people will say things like, “I am so dry spiritually. Nothing is really going on in my life. I don’t know what I need. Maybe I need to change churches, or maybe I need to read some new book. Or maybe I need some new experience spiritually.”
My question for someone who is feeling that way is, When was the last time you shared your faith with someone? When was the last time you initiated a conversation with a nonbeliever?
When you open yourself up to be used by God, often you will find yourself being blessed as you bless others. Proverbs 11:25 says, “The generous soul will be made rich, and he who waters will also be watered himself.”
I can think of occasions when I was exhausted, when I felt drained. And when I got up to preach, I started on almost empty, but I ended on full. As I gave out, I found that God gave to me. As I shared the Lord, He replenished me as well. God does not give you His power and His Word and His wisdom for you to hoard. You were blessed to be a blessing.
As Stephen gave out, as he addressed the Sanhedrin, he was filled with the Holy Spirit. He shared the gospel with them, and God gave him just the right words. This doesn’t mean we should not study God’s Word. We need a reservoir to draw from. But we can be assured the Lord will give us the right words to say in the right place. So fill your mind and your heart with the Word of God.
Stephen had prepared himself. And when the moment came, he spoke from his heart. God gave him the words, and God will give you the words as well.
Summary sentence: You will be blessed to be a blessing!
Tags: Spirit-filled, God’s Word
Copyright © 2012 by Harvest Ministries. All rights reserved.
Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Watch Greg Laurie's weekly television broadcast on LightSource.com.
You can receive, Start! to Follow: How to Be a Successful Follower of Jesus Christ by Greg Laurie, as our thank-you for your financial support of Harvest Ministriesthis month.
To help you do a little spiritual checkup, Pastor Greg has written a book called Start! to Follow: How to Be a Successful Follower of Jesus Christ. In this new resource, Pastor Greg defines what discipleship is and encourages believers to become disciples.
“I thank God for everyone out there who listens to our broadcast and uses our resources, and who has also chosen to be a supporter both prayerfully and financially. Your gift brings relevant teaching from God’s Word through our daily broadcast A New Beginning, our crusades, and our online ministry channel, and this year across our country through Harvest America.