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Genesis 12:1-9

Blessed to Be a Blessing

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Genesis 12:1-9

Blessed to Be a Blessing

By Lois Parker Edstrom

Some of you may have moved with your family to another place because your mother or father found a new job. You may have moved to a different part of the city, another part of the country, or perhaps to a foreign country.

For those of you who have moved, you know this can be a difficult thing – to leave everything that is familiar – your neighborhood, your home, your school, your friends and perhaps some of your extended family such as grandparents.

That is what the Lord asked Abram to do. In the Old Testament of the Bible we learn that the Lord “…said to Abram, ‘Get out of your country, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you'”(12:1). “‘I will make of you a great nation. I will bless you and make your name great. You will be a blessing'”(12:2).

The Lord asked Abram to leave what was familiar to him and move to another country. Abram did what the Lord asked him to do. He traveled to the land of Canaan and when he arrived in this new land he built an altar to honor God.

An important part of this lesson is that God said, “…I will bless you” so that “you will be a blessing.” To be blessed means that one receives a favor or a gift from God that brings happiness and thankfulness.

Think of all the wonderful favors and gifts you receive from God: beautiful sunrises and sunsets, flowers, forests, mountains, lakes and rivers, people who love you… The list could go on and on. (Encourage the children to participate in making this list, if time permits.) We are blessed each day by the beautiful world God has created.

When we do our best to follow what God wants us to do, whether it is our life work or the kind of person we will be, we become a blessing and are able to bring happiness to others.

God’s plan for each one of us is wonderful. God says, “I will bless you” so that ”
you will be a blessing.”

Scripture quotations from the World English Bible

Copyright 2012, Richard Niell Donovan