And I will make them and the places all around my hill a blessing, and I will send down the showers in their season; they shall be showers of blessing. – Ezekiel 34:26
Are we a blessing?
Charles Spurgeon, the prince of preachers, preached a sermon entitled “The Church of Christ”. In this sermon he stated that the church is to be a blessing not only to it’s members, but to those who surround the church. This is the question that we should pose to ourselves. Are we a blessing? When people in our community think of Springfield Baptist Church, do they think of blessing? God’s promise to Abraham was that his descendants would be what? A blessing. That all people would be blessed. “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.” Genesis 12:2
The church of God located at 305 Lincoln Park Road is to be a blessing. We are to be a blessing in a few distinct ways.
- By being a light. As believers in Christ we are called to be a light. A light exposes darkness. A light reveals and heals. A light is not to be hidden. Charles Sprugeon said it this way, “Salvation is not a selfish thing; God does not give it for us to keep to ourselves, but that we may thereby be made the means of blessing to others; and the great day shall declare that there is not a man living on the surface of the earth but has received a blessing in some way or other through God’s gift of the Gospel.” Church let us never grow weary of being a great light in our community.
- By being generous. Another obvious way of being a blessing is through generosity. Through giving to your local church to support the work of the ministry. Through giving of your time to serve the body of Christ and the community. By being dedicated to praying for your church leaders. The church body needs more individuals willing to teach the next generation the good news of Jesus Christ. Teaching them to obey the commands of Christ. Of giving of their time and their treasure to continue the work of Christ in our church.
- By Educating. At Springfield Baptist Church we believe in small groups. Small groups are a place where you learn and teach the scriptures. We also believe in this happening at home. That if you are a parent of small children, that you will teach God’s Word at home. We have the North Star Catechism available for you to teach your children to obey the commands of Christ.
Ezekiel doesn’t stop there. We see that it continues by saying that God will shower blessings on His people. He does this through His Word. Are you in the habit of coming to worship services? Are you in the habit of being part of a small group? Are you in the habit of coming to prayer service? “24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.” Hebrews 10:24-25. You are missing the blessing of God by hearing God’s Word preached and read. If you do attend, I challenge you to open your heart to hear God’s Word. Do not bring an umbrella to shield you from allowing God’s Word to transform your heart. “23 So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24. Come with expectation to hear from God. Come with expectation to have showers of blessing on your soul.