Chapter 2 of The Story begins with one of the most important texts in the bible:
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
I’m not sure how much experience you have with the term “predestination”, but it is a term that has bothered me over the years. I don’t like the idea of God choosing some and not others. It doesn’t seem fair. Why would God choose me as opposed to somebody else?
It was this text in the book of Genesis that helped me to realize that the definition of predestination is not “God chooses some and not others,” but instead “God chooses some to be a blessing to others.” We are all included in this crazy story, and it started because God chose a man and said “Be a blessing.”
This is what Paul refers to in Ephesians 1, when he tells the church that they have been predestined for adoption through Jesus Christ. This was the plan all along, that all peoples would be invited into this mystery, and that those whom God blesses would in turn pass their blessings on to others. It’s a chain reaction, one in which we are all called to play a part.
In a culture in which we place a heavy emphasis on our blessings, both attaining and celebrating them, it is important to remember that we have the same calling upon our lives that Abraham had upon his. Blessings are never bestowed for our use only; they are always meant to be shared.
How has Jesus blessed you? Think about this today, and then think about how you can use these blessings to bless others.
And even if you are in a dark place, where blessings seem scarce, my husband and I have found that God uses even the broken things to bless the world. Nothing is beyond redemption in this upside-down Kingdom of Heaven.
Rebecca Rich is married to the Discipleship Pastor, Tom Rich. She adores her two cocker spaniels and can often be found reading a book or asking questions. She blogs about life and faith at Buried Hopes.