Summary: Learning the real reason you are here means everything. Many people never find their purpose, and live a life of regrets!
Blessed To Be a Blessing Text: Mark 12: 30-31
30 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. 31 And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
Introduction: Listen to this again. “Love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength! I think it’s safe to say, “That Christ wants all of us!” He doesn’t want just a portion; He desires to have everything! He craves to become first in your life! Remember, as Jesus was talking, all around Him stood men and women who just wanted to be noticed for their social stance within the community! Most had their own agenda, some just didn’t want change; they liked the old! After all, loving the Lord with their being meant they couldn’t have their cake and eat it too!
I. God told Abraham in Genesis 12: 2-3 Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. (What if Abram had decided he didn’t like the “being a blessing” part?)
A. Before blessings came there had to be obedience on behalf of Abraham. Abraham’s participation would make him blessed to be a blessing! [Before a person can give they have to learn how to receive, and what that person does with what he or she receives determines how they give]!
B. Illustration: 1. Dollar bills flash in their eyes. 2. Going on a spending spree. 3. Saving, Stewardship, helping others, giving unto the Lord’s work.
C. Rev. Ken Davis said, “I do not know if being selfish will cause you to go to hell, but I do know a lot of other people will go to hell if you are selfish!” O.S. Hawkins president and CEO of the SBC Annuity Board said: “The principle hindrance to the advancement of the kingdom of God is greed. It is the chief obstacle to heaven-sent revival. It seems that when the back of greed is broken, the human spirit soars into regions of unselfishness. I believe that it is safe to say there can be no continuous revival without ‘hilarious’ giving. And I fear no contradiction: wherever there is ‘hilarious giving, there will soon be revival!”
D. As a person seeks the scriptures he or she will find this same principle not only in the Old Testament, but also in the New Testament. II. Cor. 9: 10-14 NIV 10Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of God’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, men will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you.