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I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.     John 14:16-17

blessing – filled with Holy Spirit, your life is intended to be given to others: you are good gift

Beloved, belonging, becoming… if only for your self-improvement, if only for your own benefit – that would be too small a thing. You are intended to be a good gift given to and for the sake of others. The pieces come together: you are blessing.

It has been God’s purpose from the very beginning:

God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth…” Genesis 1:27-28

God blesses Abraham whose descendants outnumber the stars, and says, “I will bless you and make your name great so you will be a blessing.” Genesis 12:2

And now… now the blessing of God is even greater, for He comes to dwell within you by Holy Spirit so that you will be the means by which God’s glory is on display for the world:

For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.  2 Corinthians 4:6-7

That this may all be news to you only shows how effective the enemy and the world has been at trying to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). Your story is glory, my friends, the glory of God alive in you. The enemy cannot stand the image of God that you bear, and so has spent a life-time trying to silence the truth, hide the fact that you are intended by God to shine and dispel the darkness – blessed beyond measure, to be a blessing to others: your family, your co-workers, your neighbors, your community – so that God may be glorified and that others may come to know the good news of salvation in Jesus Christ.

Does it sound too epic? Peter – the one who denied Jesus three times – speaks after Jesus restores Him and declares of those who are in Christ:

You are chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…  1 Peter 2:9

Or as Jesus plainly stated early on to His followers:

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden… Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.  Matthew 5:14-16

There is such joy in discovering these truths – that you are beloved, belong, becoming and blessing. We will continue uncovering the empowering presence of Holy Spirit in our lives as the body of Christ in this world so that the world may know and believe in Jesus who is our Peace. Hallelujah! Amen!

Pastor Jon