Friday, January 8, 2016
What is the ultimate blessing the Bible speaks of? Definitely, the greatest blessing is to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior! What would happen if we set out to bless every Muslim we see today, and for that matter, every other human being? We believe God answers prayer, so we can trust that many of those we encounter will one day come to Christ. Our Master commanded us to bless and not to curse. Even if I do not approve of some people’s behavior, when I bless them I serve as a vessel of honor to the glory of Christ. I may not know them personally, but I can pray for them. Even if they belong to a group that insults, curses and persecutes believers in Christ (Luke 6:28; Romans 12:14), Jesus grants me the power to bless.
Lord, may I not sin against you by failing to pray for and bless the people I meet today (1 Samuel 12:23). Make me sensitive to the promptings of your Spirit, Lord God Almighty. Help me to bless Muslims. May Christ make his home in their hearts as they trust him and yield their lives to him. May their roots grow down deep into God’s love through Jesus Christ. Give them the power to experience and understand how wide, how long, how high, and how deep that love is. Dear Father, make them complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from you (Ephesians 3:14-19).
You called me to bless others and be blessed by you; so help me to bless at all times. I know that one day I will finally finish my work on earth and appear before the throne of God in heaven. As I stand there worshipping with other believers from every tribe and nation and tongue, may I be amazed to see multitudes of former Muslims adoring Jesus in heaven! Amen.
Pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it (1 Peter 3:9, NLT).