Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ancient Blessing - Forward Purpose

One of my all-time favorite blessings comes from Numbers 6:24-26 and is known as the "Aaronic Benediction." This is the blessing that God instructed Moses to tell Aaron to give to the children of Israel.It is a very beautiful and simple blessing which speaks to God touching the lives of man and goes as follows:

"The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace."

What more could any Christian disciple want?

One day as I was contemplating this scripture when I felt quickened that there was another aspect to this blessing. We as Christians should not just reap blessings from God, but use what we are given to fulfill the Great Commission. One of my jobs at church is to dismiss services and in doing so I wanted to leave the congregation with a blessing that would also give a forward directive. What I share with them every week goes like this:

"May the Lord bless you and keep; may His face shine upon you, and may you use His light to go and light the rest of your world - go in peace."

My wordsmithing is amateur at best, but I do feel good about the message being promoted. My encouragement to all is not to just revel in the blessings of God, but to use those blessings to do a work for Him.

What do you think about this? Do you have any ways in which you are currently using what God has blessed you with to work for the kingdom or to help other? As always friends, safe travels - go in peace.