The book is a great reminder of our jobs as Christians . . . mainly, to bless others, to be the hands and feet of Christ, and to be holy as God is holy. Smith does a tremendous job at trying to show Christians that we aren't here for ourselves. Jesus didn't save us so we could go to church and look at the back of someone's head for 2 hours a week and feel holy. He saved us to be His body on this earth. How are we doing with that initiative? This makes the fourth book I've read this year that has challenged me to get more involved at blessing others. This book was probably the most direct about the instruction. It's something I'm striving for but what I have found is selfishness, whether you recognize it as a major problem in your life or just part of human nature we all fight, is extremely hard to overcome. It becomes so hard not to want to bless others, but to break out of the routine of life we have surrounded ourselves in to alleviate our own desires, needs, and self made messes. I have heard it said many times that someone would do more if they could afford to or find time to or wasn't going through something. Michael W. Smith reminds us of the scripture where Jesus claims that we will be blessed in the same measure we bless others. Maybe that's why so many of us aren't more blessed.
Smith isn't speaking of blessings of financial proportions though he does recognize those as blessings that sometimes God gives. He is speaking of the blessings of family, peace, favor, financial, health, and dreams. Plain and simple, Jesus in Matthew 25 says that He will know those who are sheep and those who are goats by none ot her than whether they fed the hungry, clothed the naked, visited the sick, helped the helpless, and ministered to the broken. Isn't it time we start becoming a blessing instead of looking for what others can bless us with? Maybe WE are the reason we've not seen more of God in our lives and seen Him move more in our lives . . . Take that back . . . without a doubt, I believe WE ARE the reason. I know I am. What about you? Now what should we do about this? Well what are you waiting on? Join me. Become a blessing. Be a blessing. Receive a blessing.