Go Bless Someone
God blesses us not just for our own pleasure or happiness. God blesses us so we can then be a blessing to other people. We can be their answer to prayer.
God doesn't give us money, talent, abilities, opportunities, networks, etc simply for our benefit. God says, "I want you to be a blessing to other people." And, when you bless others and God gives you that opportunity, that in itself is fulfilling and a blessing. We're going to enjoy the blessing of being a channel. When we're a channel of God's power and blessing to other people. God gives us his anointing and his blessings to help others.
Isaiah was a prophet in the Old Testament, in chapter 61 he writes:
Isaiah 61:1-3 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come, and with it, the day of God’s anger against their enemies. To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for his own glory.
"I know I am anointed by God." He comes up with a list of five or six different kinds of people in pain. He goes, "I know this is what God is calling me to do, that I'm going to use my anointing not to just make a name for myself. God is giving me this anointing and this favor to help five or six kinds of people in pain."
What an amazing God we have that God is interested in our emotional needs. God is interested in our hurts, in our habits, in our hang ups. God is interested in all the stuff that pulls us down.
By the way, this passage, Isaiah 61, is the text that Jesus read for his very first public sermon, publicly recorded sermon.
Luke chapter 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” He rolled up the scroll, handed it back to the attendant, and sat down. All eyes in the synagogue looked at him intently. 21Then he began to speak to them. “The Scripture you’ve just heard has been fulfilled this very day!”
He reads this. He rolls the scroll up. He goes over and he sits down. Shortest sermon on record, certainly not one of mine. He sits down and he says, "Today, this passage is fulfilled right in front of you." I am the answer. I am the Savior. I am the guy who has come to comfort the afflicted and the broken-hearted and the people who are enslaved to habits, and the people who don't know how to get out of debt, and the people who are blind and can't see the way out of where they are and all these different things." Jesus says, "I'm it. I'm it." He says, "I am anointed to do this."
Jesus, went around doing good. That's the purpose of anointing, to make the world a better place. When we get anointed or get blessed, we start helping other people.
Who can you be a blessing to this week?
What do you have that you can share?
Who needs to hear some encouragement?
How can you be the answer to someone's prayers this week?
Go bless someone.