And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
- Genesis 1:28
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.
- Ephesians 1:3 – 6
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
- Psalm 103:1 – 5
One of the first things God does after creating us is to bless us. This reveals that blessing is part of God’s story. God uses his strength and his power to benefit his creation. So as God’s story unfolds we find that he gives children to the barren. He places the fatherless into families. He calls common people children of the King. He throws parties for prodigals, fills empty vats with wedding wine, pays debts that are astronomical, and welcomes thieves into his paradise home.
Sometimes we can forget that God’s story is a story of blessing. For some of us this happens because we look at what is going on in our lives and we don’t feel particularly blessed by God.
It’s for that reason I am thankful Christmas comes every year. You see, Christmas reveals to me in such a clear way that God is bent on blessing, so much so that he moved heaven and earth to be with us. To save us. To fulfill his promises to bless us.
A Moment to Reflect
What sticks out to you from Genesis 1:28, Ephesians 1:3 – 6, and Psalm 103:1 – 5?
In what ways have you experienced God’s blessings over this past year? What can you do this Christmas to be a blessing to other people?