Jesus used five loaves and a couple of fish to feed a crowd of at least 5000 people. At the beginning of 2014 we began to answer the question, “What would it look like to feed 5000 people?” Then we began to answer that question by taking boxes of blessings to our friends and neighbors. We simply want to bless others this year. Giving and receiving blessings used to be a common practice with God’s people. As we rediscover the spiritual act of blessing others, we wil also discover the power of both giving and receiving blessings.
The concept of blessing others is a five step journey: Begin with prayer, Listen, Eat with them, Serve them, Share your story.
Begin with prayer. When prayer is the beginning point, we not only ask for God to work, but we seek to join him in the work. We not only pray that the gospel will go out into the community, but we also seek ways to be about the work of speaking the good news. We not only pray for others to turn to God, we look for ways to become involved in their life so that we can help them find their way back to God. Beginning with prayer is difficult because it does not absolve us of our responsibilities, but rather reminds us of our responsibility to be the hands and feet of Christ.
Listen. In a world of constant noise, people just need someone to listen. If the body of Christ does not listen to the hurts and needs of the world, no one will. It is only through listening that we will know how to effectively bless the lives of those we seek to touch. Listening takes time and patience and energy, but is a key ingredient in learning to bless others.
Eat with them. Most people enjoy eating. You and I will have approximately 21 opportunities this week to eat with someone. What if we used that time as a time to bless someone? When we eat together we are sharing more than a meal together, we are sharing life together, we are sharing conversation, we are sharing needs and hurts and questions. Take the time to eat with others and see if it isn’t a tremendous time of blessing.
Serve. By this time in the process you will have a pretty good idea of ways to serve your friend. Service becomes a natural action as you walk with them on the journey. And if we continue to seek ways to serve them while taking the time to listen and eat with them, we will find an opportunity to share our story of God’s love.
Share your story. God has worked powerfully in your life. If you devote your life to blessing others, they will eventually wonder why you do the things you do. It is at this point that you will be able to turn their attention to the work of God in their life by telling them about the ways God has worked in your life.
GO! Take a box. Bless someone this week.