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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.
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
Kathleen 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.