– Jack Hyles
There is no greater way to bless someone than to point them to Jesus Christ and have them see why they’re in deep trouble unless they repent and trust in Jesus Christ, the Savior. We can pray for someone’s physical healing, and there are many cases of God working obvious miracles, but the greatest healing of all is from sin. We were dead but now alive. At one time we were completely cut off from a holy God by our sins (Isaiah 59:2), but at the right time, Jesus came to die for sinners, wicked people and natural enemies of God (Rom. 5:8, 10). That’s why it’s so awesome to help lead someone to saving faith in Christ. It is the greatest blessing that person will ever receive from anybody for all time. However, the person who leads someone to Christ is also blessed, even though the fullness of that blessing won’t be experienced until they enter the kingdom.
More Blessed to Give
I am not telling you anything new by saying it’s more blessed to give than to receive because most people have read or heard Paul quoting Jesus (Acts 20:35). The question is, do most people live that? That’s a question I have to ask because we are told that even “if your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you” (Prov. 25:21-22). The idea behind the “coals on his head” is to hopefully bring them under conviction. That’s God’s business, but the blessing is “the LORD will reward you.” Our business is to “love [our] enemies, do good to those who hate [us]” (Luke 6:27). Jesus gives us the conclusion in Luke 6:35-36 to “love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”
Too Blessed to Stress
Did you know a great way to de-stress is to give of yourself? Every believer has a gift from God by the Spirit, but we also have treasure and time. When we give these three away–our time, talent, and treasure–our stress levels drop, possibly because we feel God’s pleasure as we are doing what we were created for. When our focus is on others, it takes it off ourselves and we’re too blessed to be stressed. We bless others and lower their stress; in doing so, we lower our own.
Mr. Hyles is right: The greatest blessing in the whole world is being a blessing. By being a blessing to others, others may bless it forward. The greatest blessing possible, of course, is to help someone see the need for the Savior because both the one who received it and the one who brought it (in the Gospel) will forever be blessed.