Are you Blessable?
Warren Wiersbe(1) recounts that many years ago, a prayer meeting of ministry leaders was held that included Jacob Stam. Jacob was the brother of a missionary to China who had been martyred. His brother and sister-in-law were both killed back in 1934 for their faith.
The prayer group had been asking the Lord to bless their ministry and the project they had just planned together. As they went around the room, the word “bless” was used multiple times as the group prayed together. When it came time for Mr. Stam to pray, he prayed, “Lord, we have asked you to bless all these things, but, please, Lord, make us blessable.”
By way of example, Abraham had to leave Egypt and return to his appointed place before blessing would come.(2) Jacob had to return to Bethel (3). Naomi had to leave Moab and return to her land. In Ruth 1:20-21 Naomi was self-focused and used the word “me” seven times. She would have had to confess that she was not “blessable.” Eventually she turned to the Lord and became blessed.
For the work of our hands to prosper, for our kingdom-focused work to multiply, we must be focused on the Lord to be “blessable” by Him. Abundance, prosperity, and blessing comes as we are riveted on our creator, Savior and Lord. How blessable are you?
In Psalm 85:13, the Lord promises He will make a path for our steps. We must be stepping with our eyes on Him. One way to step forward is to place a profile on missionnext.org and see the options the Lord has to walk and work blessed.
(1) Be Committed, Doing God’s Will Whatever the Cost, Warren W. Wiersbe, Page 18, Victor Books
(2) Genesis 13:1-4
(3) Genesis 35:1
Nelson Malwitz, Founder
The notion of being “blessable” is one I should have included in my recent book, “The God Who Blesses: 50 Reflections on Blessing and Blessedness.” (Kharis Publishing: 2022) Nevertheless, some of your readers may like to look at my exploration of a concept — God’s blessing — that we tend to take for granted or even trivialize when we say “Bless you” after a sneeze, or in sayings like “Bless my cotton socks!