We live in a selfish world that tells us to look out for ourselves, and, perhaps, our own immediate family. That way, according to conventional wisdom, we can ensure that we will always have enough for ourselves and for our own. But that doesn’t work in God’s economy. In fact, it’s the other way around. Joseph is a wonderful example of being a blessing in God’s economy. Joseph was a slave, but he could still bless his master. Joseph knew God and acted in accordance.
Genesis 39: 2 The Lord was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. 3 Potiphar noticed this and realized that the Lord was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did. 4 This pleased Potiphar, so he soon made Joseph his personal attendant. He put him in charge of his entire household and everything he owned.
Often, as God observes our desire to bless others, He says, “I will bless you more!” Why would God do that? The Bible says that it is the generous person who prospers so they can help others. (To prosper may be physical or spiritual riches.) Proverbs 11:25 “The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”  Wow, that is amazing!In addition, Jesus said in John 7:38“Anyone who believes in me may come and drink! For the Scriptures declare, ‘Rivers of living water will flow from his heart.”
Blessing others is a humble, but powerful way to witness to those around us. Everyone likes to be blessed. We all need to be encouraged, complimented, and appreciated. We all have the ability to bless others, but we often are so self-focused that we forget. Be thankful that God not only blesses you, but that He has made you and gifted you so that you can be a blessing. We all get weary at times and need others to let us know that we are valuable and appreciated.
I believe God blesses us so we can be a blessing; not only in a few places but everywhere we go. Look for people who are needy and bless them. Share what you have with those who are less fortunate than you are. And remember, everyone needs a blessing; even the successful people who appear to have everything. When you live to meet needs and encourage those around you, you will find great joy in the process.
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[1-3] Tyndale House Publishers. (2015). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House Publishers.