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We have all heard the sayings: “The best vitamin for making friends is, B1.”  And, “if you want to have friends, you must first show yourself friendly.”

These are true of course, but let’s take it a step further. As Christians we know that our Leader, our King, our very Example, lived His life solely for others. He was, and is, the ultimate friend, if you will.

Have you ever stopped to think about that? We all want friends. But do we ever turn to Christ’s life and realize He showed us the ultimate example on how to be the ultimate friend? (Thus gaining friends! Though that should not be our “goal,” per se.)

Consider this verse: “Greater love has no man, than to give his life for his friends.” John 15:13.  (And note 15:12 as well.)

We know that Yeshua gave His life for the WHOLE world! So that all could have a chance at eternal life. But what does that mean? Eternal life = life in His Family. This is ETERNAL FRIENDSHIP of the HIGHEST STANDARD!  And it is offered to the whole world! All have a chance to take part in Christ’s offer of friendship.

Christ’s whole life was a blessing for all! And His command to us is to love one another as He loved us. This is how we are to be known as His disciples.

John 13:34-35  “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

So Yeshua, our Friend and Example lived His life as a blessing to others; Loving others; Putting others before Himself. He was a blessing to all! (Even to those whom disagree with Him and hated Him. Even to those that brought about His death.) We cannot argue that He first showed Himself friendly, and was indeed a blessing to others.

So what about us? Are we a blessing to others?

How would Christ behave today? Would He expect people to just flock to Him? Or would He seek out those He could serve, bless, and be an ultimate friend to?

If He were to walk into services (for example), He would be friend to all. He would find those that He could be a blessing to.

I remember a woman in the Church, once told me to be a blessing to others. That stuck with me. And so I often pray that God will help me to be a blessing to others. But recently, I was feeling rather down and discouraged, and another woman in the Church, saw my state, sat down with me, and proceeded to encourage me. She showed me Christ’s friendship! She was a blessing to me! And then she told me something else that I’ll never forget: Someone here may need you. Ask God to guide you to any person that may need you, that you might be able to help them in some way, and be a blessing for them.

THAT is BEING a blessing! That is Christ’s kind of friendship! Offering yourself to another. Serving another. Offering friendship, on any level, to another person. This is loving.

Each of us should start asking God to help us BE a blessing for others. And ask God to guide you to someone specifically that you could be a blessing for. Maybe it’s a simple, “How are you today?” Showing that someone cares and has concern for them. There are people out there (even in the Church) that would be delighted to have someone simply take notice and recognize their existence. Or maybe they just need a shoulder to cry on, or someone to listen to them. Maybe they have an issue that they don’t know what to do about. Maybe they are facing a conundrum of some sort, or need something done that you have the ability to help with.

For some, this may seem scary. One might think, “But I don’t know what to say!” Well, if we are putting it in God’s hands, and asking Him to guide us, then we need to trust Him that He will. He knows each of us better than we know ourselves. Look at Moses. Do you think God didn’t know Moses had speech difficulties? Of course, and He had a way to deal with that. God knows you too. He knows your strengths and weaknesses.

Maybe you don’t have to strike up a converstaion. Maybe all another person needs is a hug, a smile, a handshake, or a simple pat on the back in passing by. Sometimes its the simpelest of gestures that mean more to another than we could know. So if we are asking God to guide us to be a blessing for someone, trust that God will handle it in the best way, for them and for you.

How will it change our own lives if we start seeking to be a blessing to others!?  Well, knowing that we are serving our Master in this way brings great joy!

Christ said, whatever we do to others, we do to Him! (Matt. 25:40)

And who knows what kind of difference YOU might make in another peron’s life. Offer Christ’s friendship to others, through you, and see what happens. You could make a big difference in someone else’s life! And great things will come to your life as well.

So let’s look to Yeshua’s example of frienship, and ask God to guide us in this. Let’s get out there a BE a blessing! B1! 


(A special thanks to Jacob and my mom for helping me edit this and add to this article. And to Anita for reaching out to me that day and showing me an example of being a blessing.)


Posted November 12, 2016 by buildupontherock in Food For Thought

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The Sabbath And Your Future   Leave a comment

Understanding that The Sabbath represents the 1,000 year Millennium and realizing its vital importance not only to true Christians, but to the world as well (despite their lack of understanding of it at this time)…

Do you ever stop to really consider the future in that light?

I think often, we come into the Sabbath and we think about how nice it is to relax and be free of the “daily grind,” the stresses and cares of the world. We focus on going to church, and (hopefully) we pray and bible study, spending extra time with God, etc. All this is well and good for certain, but do we spend much time thinking about the future on this day? After all, this Day is to remind us of that.

What will it be like? What will you and I be doing? What a huge and profound responsibility we will have at that time (and are training for right now)! What will it be like to be responsible for an entire population of a city, or cities? What will a city then even be like? (Certainly not what we picture today)
There is so much to think about, and of course, a lot of that, maybe most, is speculation, but how often do we consider it?

If I told you next year, I was going to give you one hundred million dollars, how much time would you spend considering that?

We have such an immense and awesome responsibility coming. Yes, it’s much harder to think about something we know so little about, but we do know it will be bigger than anything in our lives now. Bigger than any current position of administration. You…that’s right, you will one day have such a responsibility. To be Kings and Priests. That is our future.

When you really stop and consider it, it’s both sobering…and very exciting. (Of maybe causes you great fear and anxiety, but in either case) This train of thought can help put our daily lives into perspective: What matters vs what doesn’t? What are we here for/to do? What do we need to focus on? How are we training/preparing now for our future position/responsibility? Etc, etc.

So on this Sabbath day, and every Sabbath day, along with the other special Sabbath things you do, make time to ponder your imminent future, that time when this awesome day is fulfilled…awesomely.

Happy Sabbath!

Posted August 16, 2014 by buildupontherock in Food For Thought

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