Living the Blessable

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By Kathleen Flanagan

Funny, isn’t it, how a truth or principle can come to fresh life even though you’ve heard it repeatedly? I’ve had that experience numerous times, but there’s a particular instance that resonates deep in my core. It summons me to the high ground; and it derives from something my pastor spoke many years ago as he headed into his teaching one Sunday: “God blesses the blessable.”

Let me be clear from the onset that I believe God blesses His children even when they’re undeserving of so rich a grace. Moreover, He goes so far as to bless even those who aren’t believers, or who reject him outright ~ which goes to say that His incomprehensible, lavish love extends well beyond our finite ability to understand. (Matthew 5:43-48 NIV).

For the sake of this rendering, I want to suggest a novel approach to living in the blessable. It’s a boldly courageous approach; one that insists we ask each and every time we move out to speak or to take action: “Is what I’m about to say or do blessable?” Can you imagine the grief we’d spare ourselves and others if only we would be so intentional!

Do not repay evil with evil
or insult with insult.
On the contrary, repay evil
with blessing, because to
this you were called so that
you may inherit a blessing.
~ 1 Peter 3:9 NIV

I could write a War & Peace sized tome on what is and isn’t blessable, but I’m guessing you already know exactly what I’m talking about. Take even a brief look at what the world’s up to and there’s little doubt; and little wonder why the Lord warns us to steer clear of it altogether. But if there’s a smidge of confusion, look to Jesus. He gave us a clear demonstration of what it looks like to live the blessable.

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At the end of the day, the blessable is that which brings glory and honor to God. When we do that, we inherit a blessing. It’s not why we do it, as if to manipulate Him, or to find favor based on our performance. No, it’s what we do because it’s Kingdom living at its best. It’s what we do because it’s what the Holy Spirit always leads us to do. It’s what we do because it’s what Jesus does.

Living the blessable may not garner you fame or fortune, or even relief from some difficult or painful situation. What it will garner you are a clear conscience, a sweet sleep, and a powerful testimony. Furthermore, it may well be the very testimony God uses to beckon an onlooker, or to unlock that thing for which you’ve waited and prayed about for a long, long time.

Let’s stake out the high ground ~ the blessable ground ~ and make our home there. Let’s live the blessable life, walk with Jesus in it; and then let’s witness the power of God with a joy that knows no bounds.

Are you prepared to live a blessable life?

Though you have not seen Him; you love Him;
and even though you do not see Him now,
you believe in Him and are filled
with inexpressible and glorious joy.
~ 1 Peter 1:8 NIV

Let the message of Christ dwell among
you richly as you teach and admonish
one another with all wisdom through
psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit,
singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
And whatever you do, whether in word or
deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Colossians 3:16-17 NIV

 

HeadshotKathleen Flanagan shares a wide array of transparent life experience with her pen.  Faith and family are the bookends to her life as a wife, mother and grandmother.  Until her recent retirement, Kathleen juggled a career in business management and church ministry.  From the vantage point of her now-senior life, she shares the very personal aspects of her walk with Jesus ~ the good, the bad and the ugly.  Her sassy perspectives will make you laugh, or cry, or think deeply about the trajectory of your life.    She can be reached via her Blog at Sassy Granny.

17 Responses to Living the Blessable

    • It’s a lesson in living I must re-visit often, Andrea. I confess, I am often tempted to say or do that which I know in my knower is not what the Lord would have of me. Which goes to say I am a sinner in need of a Savior and His grace, today & every day.. Hugs back at you, sweet friend.

  1. Obeying God’s Word, no matter what others say or think, is paramount as a believer. Despite times of suffering and trials, it’s in those times that I find myself clinging to Him. When others may sometimes notice and ask how you do it, He gets all the glory.

    A beautiful post and reminder.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

  2. I am living a blessed life in the midst of my dear hubby having cancer. Years ago I would have thought this peace to be beyond my understanding. It is through the trials of life that God holds us, loves and teaches us to depend on Him. I am so thankful to belong to Jesus…Your post has given me hope and strength today! God bless you and give you many opportunities to share hope with those who need it, as well as with those who know his grace.

    • Oh Renee, what a challenge that must be. I am blessed beyond measure to witness your testimony; to know how faithful God’s been to you in the midst of your present situation. Something tells me you’ve tested, lived & embraced His grace deep & long to have arrived at so resolved a blessable life. Praise His mighty name!

      Hugs & prayers,
      Kathleen

  3. This is such a good post and a great reminder. How easy it is to be swept up in the happenings of life and lose sight of our purpose and goal. To live a life that points to Him no matter what the circumstances. It remains one of the most vivid testimonies to His love for me when I was diagnosed with breast cancer and began that journey over 4 years ago now. His very real presence and mercy brought me such a peace that it truely was hard to explain. But it must have been visible as so many mentioned it. And there was NO doubt it came from a source outside of myself. To live a life that is blessed requires our utmost attention, and yet how comforting to know He blesses us by only the looking to Him.

    • Yours, like Renee’s post, humbles me. To have traveled so steep a path as breast cancer is, I have come to understand, not for the faint of heart. Your testimony is precious & powerful! Thank you.

  4. One line in particular, among so many in your marvelous message, is “Is what I’m about to say or do blessable?” I’m reminded again that I reap what I sow. I always want to be blessed and I serve a merciful God like no other and He is so eager to bless me, but that line–hey that’s my part! This encourages me to serve Him for it is in pleasing my King that opens the doors for the blessing. This message rocks, Kathleen.

    • So true. The principle of sowing & reaping connects well. Thank you for bringing that out. I also love your use of the word “rocks”. It brought a huge grin to my face as an image formed of the many “rocking” granny in our midst. Hugs!

  5. You said is sister!! My favorite is…
    “Living the blessable may not garner you fame or fortune, or even relief from some difficult or painful situation. What it will garner you are a clear conscience, a sweet sleep, and a powerful testimony. Furthermore, it may well be the very testimony God uses to beckon an onlooker, or to unlock that thing for which you’ve waited and prayed about for a long, long time.”
    And there you have it. That speaks volumes to me.

    As always Kathleen, such wise and timely words.

    Love you!

  6. Appreciated your communication of truth, Kathleen. It goes right along with a church sign I read as I traveled a familiar route to visit Mother yesterday: “How will you honor God today?”

    • Such a simple question, but chocked full of implications! It really does boil down to that, doesn’t it, Rebecca? He is honored when we live in obedience, and we are blessed. What an exchange!

  7. Lord, make me a blessing to someone today! I need to remember this, friend. Yes, I want to live on that higher ground and have a higher view of the kingdom. Thanks for leading me there.

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