On some level, this is a silly question because blessing people - loving people - should be the default mode of those of us who follow the One whose name is Love (1 John 4:8). And, hey, it’s possible that we’re the agape version of Midas, unable to help ourselves as we love anything and everyone around us. That would be hard to keep up with!
Now it would be fairly easy to play whack-a-mole and talk about how we’re really not that loving; that the real reason we can’t put faces and names to our effort to bless people is because we’re too stuck on ourselves to notice what God has put around us. But I’m not sure that putting pressure on us is going to get us where we want to go. At least not today.
I’d like to remind you that you’re probably already living out this rhythm of blessing. Have you prayed for anyone today? Did you ask God to help someone out in your life? Have you listened to anyone? Did you grab breakfast or coffee with a friend, a roommate, your child? Who have you helped out today? Have you helped someone move closer to Jesus?
I’d also like to remind you that you’re free to bless people who you might not think about blessing. The person in the office who doesn’t like you - at all. Someone of a different political persuasion (which you know because they’re very vociferous on their Facebook status updates). What about the person in your world from the gay and lesbian community - Lord knows, they think you hate them because you’re a Christian.
I want to talk more about this the next couple of Sundays - how we bless people in Athens through politics and government (I know, crazy!) and how we bless the GLBT Community here in Athens (I know, even crazier!). I don’t make promises very often, but I’ll make two here and now: first, the conversation will be unsettling because our unchangeable convictions about politics and homosexuality are going to get stretched by real life; and second, at every turn the way forward is following the real Jesus, full of grace and truth.
A few quick notes:
- Our next members’ events are Tuesday, September 25th (families) and Monday, October 1st (students). To reserve space, contact JimTocci.
- We’re inviting parents of students and anyone who has ever been part of our church to be part of our Legacy Weekend on November 3rd-4th. After UGA’s homecoming game against Ole Miss, we’ll host a BBQ and hayride that evening. And on Sunday morning, we’ll meet in the Classic Center Theatre for the largest gathering in the 23 year history of our church. Invite your family and friends now and look for more details this next week!