I asked myself after the salutation, what does Paul do?
Paul does four things:
1. Paul writes, 'Grace to you from God our Father.'
2. Paul, writes, 'Grace to you from the Lord Jesus Christ.'
3. Paul writes, 'Peace to you from God our Father.'
4. Paul writes, 'Peace to you from the Lord
I asked myself the significance of what
Paul could have begun his letter right away after the salutation to the
Philippians but instead he wants to bless them with grace and peace from
the One He has a personal relationship with who is also the Creator of
the Universe. He wants the Philippians to know that the blessing of
grace and peace is available to them too just as it is available to Him
from God who He refers to as 'God our
Father' emphasizing a son-Father personal
relationship. He also acknowledges the Lordship of Christ where the
grace and peace come from.
I asked myself what are the implications for
my own life?
Just as Paul blessed the
Philippians in the Name of the Father and the Son, as He was led by the
Holy Spirit, I too need to bless others whom God puts in my way. In this
world of curses and sadness, it will be refreshing for others to be
blessed by words and deeds as I depend on God, our Father and the Lord
When my focus is on the Lord Jesus and my desire is to
bless others through words or deeds, He does provide a way. Everyone needs compassion
& blessings and it is awesome that God
our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ can choose us through the Holy
Spirit to bless others just
as He chose Paul. I want to always be a blessing to others as my Lord
and Savior provides me an opportunity. I hope you can be a blessing to
I ask you now dear friend, when do you
others in life?
Dear friend, if you bless others in your life when it is only convenient
to you, you are missing out on blessing them when they need that
blessing. We are not called to bless others at our convenience. Paul did
not even do that. Paul blessed the Philippians with words of GRACE and
PEACE while he was still in chains. We to should take every
opportunity to bless others that the Lord puts in our paths as we depend
on God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ for those opportunities. You
need not be a leader to bless others. You however need to be content
with where the Lord Jesus placed you to bless others. If you are not
content where you are then, you will be coveting what others have and
you won't be in a mood to bless others.
My precious wife
and I will never forget what Emily
Lutz, a sister in Christ wanted to do
for us when we were in desperate need. Even though it was Missions
Week at our church and she was on the Missions team, she was willing
to drive us all the way to Washington, D.C from Pittsburgh with 8
suitcases of 50lb each, 3 carry on luggages of 17 pounds each, and 2
laptop bags if we could not find anyone to give us a ride. She would
have had to leave the Missions dinner, etc but through her actions
she proved what it means to be Missions minded. The theme had to do
with serving and she was going to put it to action no matter how
inconvenient it was for her. What makes it amazing is that there was
no benefit for her to take us all the way to DC and then come back
on her own but she wanted to do it to be a blessing to us and
fulfill the Bible command: 'Carry ye
one another's burdens and fulfill the love of Christ!' (Gal 6:2).
I have not seen that kind of extreme help in our lives for almost 21
years. So many loving eople have helped us in the past but this
stood out :)
When the need is the greatest, the willing
sacrifice of others seems the greatest. Emily L exemplified that
with her willingness to bless us. We saw her love for us in her
willingness to help even though in the last minute we did not need
it because my loving brother Rohit
R came all the way from Silverspring,
MD just to take 5 of us with all the luggage I mentioned earlier to
One day my sweetheart wife
shared with me about how a sister in the Lord called her from India to
acknowledge how much she was blessed by Chandra through her prayers and
sharing of God's Word that had started when they were both in nursing
school together. After that call, she was so overwhelmed with praise
that the Lord would use her to bless others. In her own words, she said
she is nothing without the Lord and all praise and glory should go to
the Lord for her sister in Christ to experience a blessing through her.
That call motivated her not to waste away the gifts that the Lord Jesus
has empowered her with so she could be a blessing to others as the Lord
uses her. Then my wife shared a testimony from her college years
regarding this friend. Hearing my wife share a testimony from her
college years motivated me so much too to use the gifts the Lord Jesus
has given me to bless others without giving up. Thank you Jesus.
She also shared that her desire and hearts longing was to be married to
a pastor and said that she felt married to a pastor and was so thankful
for the online ministry that the Lord Jesus has given me even though I
am not a ordained pastor. I was really
touched by my wife's words and exhortation because at that moment she
was blessing me so much with encouragement and exhortation to continue
to do what I was doing. She also expressed to me how happy she would be
if we could do direct ministry again being involved in the lives of
others by praying for them in a group, by sharing God's Word in a group,
and encouraging them to pray and study God's Word. Now with the Lord's
help we do International Game Night
Ministry to bless students with the love of Christ through
our church Oakland International
told me a story about how her mom would pray for every single
student that crossed her path everyday blessing them with prayers
reaching Father God and that I can do the same when it comes to the
students I come across in my job.
Blessing others does take a sacrifice in terms of inconvenience
and time but if we are not willing to
sacrifice our convenience and time then we cannot bless others. Though Paul was shackled
in chains in jail, he took every opportunity to share God's grace and
peace with others to bless them. You can do that to where you are at.
Yesterday, Pastor Mike was
willing to come all the way to give me chicken soup and antibiotics
if I needed them when he found out that I have been sick with a
violent cough so he can bless me and our family. Thank you
Today, my loving mommy
decided to get training to answer phones when people call in with
prayer requests so she could bless strangers who call with prayer
Friend, you may not know
who you will touch with the love of Christ until you have a
F.A.C.T check: Faithful, Available, Compatible, and Teachable to the
Lord's calling to bless others as
likes to say. This counseling advice was given to me when I was
going through a hard time in my life. Regardless of what we go
through, we can bless others. The most important way you can bless
others is through your prayers and helping them to learn to pray to
the Lord Jesus and receive His Word.
that to happen, we need to know Jesus Christ as our Lord and Personal
Savior first so we can bless others in the Name of Jesus Christ. It
starts with Jesus Christ and not with us. Paul had a relationship with
God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit before he
started blessing others.
We too need that relationship if we do not
already have it. When we have that blessed relationship with
Christ, we can bless others leading them to the blessed Lord everyday,
live in a world filled with curses. Now is the moment to take time to
send others a blessing in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior
whether it is through writing a letter, speaking over the phone, texting
someone, or even personally meeting with them as the Lord Jesus provides
He may want to use you to bless someone and save them. Take that
opportunity friend just as my wife's friend's life changed because
my wife had taken the opportunity years ago in college to get up
early in the morning at the time to pray and study God's Word.
Then, she would gather her friends in college together to have a
prayer group encouraging each one to pray after she shared God's
Word. One friend was hesitant to pray because she did not know how
so my wife had written a prayer for her to pray during prayer time.
That act years ago paid off in one friend's life who called to share
with her recently what the
Lord had begun in her life. Praise the Lord!
You may never know, at what point in time, what your act done in the
Lord's Name can bring about in a person's life where they can feel
blessed because you answered the call of the Lord to bless others in the
Name of the Lord.
So, use the opportunities the Lord Jesus has given you to bless others
for His Name's sake and you will be touching lives and souls for His
May you come to bless others as our blessed
Lord everyday saves souls! Amen!
Everyday Seeking Savior! (B.L.E.S.S)"/"When
do you B.L.E.S.S. others in life?"
Dear Lord Jesus, thank you so much for loving us and dying for our sin.
Thank you so much for coming back to life to save us, covering us in your
precious cleansing blood. Oh Lord thanks for blessing us by your grace
and peace. Help us to bless others as we depend on you Jesus. Lord, you
have given us the greatest blessing in the Salvation you bestowed upon
us by your grace. Help us to always receive your grace by acknowledging
our sins before you who alone can redeem us and restore us showering
upon us your blessings of Eternal life and Abundant life. Thank you so
much Jesus. We ask thee to be our Lord and Personal Savior so when God
looks at us, He sees you covering over our sin so His judgment will
passover us. Please give us opportunities to bless others where you have
placed us using your empowerment no matter how difficult and hurtful it
may even be. Thanks Jesus. Thanks so much again Jesus. I want to be a blessing to
others throughout the week. Help me Lord to do that. In Your Name I Pray Jesus! Amen!