Pass it On: Blessed to be a Blessing

Every advantage Christ possessed, He used to the benefit of others. He used His advantages to advantage others in hopes that they would pass on the blessings by being a blessing. His goal was not only to bring physical rejuvenation but a spiritual cleansing as well. “Be made whole…go and sin no more,” “That you may know the Father” were the objectives Christ presented to His audience. All that He possessed was used to benefit others and this was achieved by consistent communion with the Father.

The comforts of life that are afforded to us can at times bring an insidious selfishness. Insidious due it’s undercover tendencies and philanthropic disguise. Let’s be honest, the items you donated to the Goodwill or shelter last month were cluttering your garage or attic and were things you no longer wanted anyways. Plus, you made sure to receive your tax deductible slip to ensure your advantage from this “most gracious act of kindness.” Children of the Most High, let’s be for real with God and ourselves because come judgment time, He’s going to keep it real with us! We declare that for the most part, we’re selfless, but we give what we want to give, when we want to give and how we want to give without much inconvenience on our parts. As I write to you, I reminisce on my earlier years of marriage when my husband said something that taught me a valuable lesson. He said that I loved him how I wanted to love him, but not how he wanted to be loved. Have we short-changed God and our fellow man? Do we give people what they need or what we think they need?

God blesses us so we can be a blessing to others. He gives material and spiritual gifts that are multi-dimensional, therefore how shortsighted and arrogant of us to imprison these blessings and talents He has given. PASS IT ON! Our Father is rich and there is more where those blessings came from. PASS IT ON! We should seek the Lord in all things! “Father, you have blessed me with a home, how can I use it for your honor and glory?” “Most High God, my friend has a birthday next week please tell me what she needs. I want this gift to be pleasing in your sight and bring her closer to you. “My brothers and sisters in Christ, the Bible states that in whatever we do, we are to bring glory to God, but how do we achieve this task when Isaiah 55:8 clearly states that His ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts like ours. Clearly, we are the “underdog” in this fight and have no heavenly idea of how to do such things. So where do we begin? It’s simple. We ask for help! We are told in James 1:5 that if we want wisdom we can have wisdom.

The focus of heaven is to restore the inward man and draw us closer to divinity. Let us seek the Lord while He may be found and ask Him to teach us how to PASS IT ON!!! Sister White says, “We must look to Jesus, study His words, pray for His spirit. We should be more frequently alone with God in meditation and prayer. Let us pray more and talk less. We cannot trust to our own wisdom, our own experience, our own knowledge of the truth; we must be daily learners, looking to our heavenly Teacher for instruction, and then, without regard to ease, pleasure, or convenience, we must go forward, knowing that He is faithful who has called.” White, Ellen G. The Review and Herald, August 28, 1883

Oh, Holy Spirit, teach us how to pass it on.

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Kalandra Williams
The Watchman

The Watchman

In a special sense Seventh-day Adventists have been set in the world as watchmen and light – bearers. To them has been entrusted the last warning for a perishing world. On them is shining wonderful light from the Word of God. They have been given a work of the most solemn import, – the proclamation of the first, second, and third angels’ messages. There is no other work of so great importance. They are to allow nothing else to absorb their attention. Evangelism, p. 119

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Home should be made all that the word implies. It should be a little heaven upon earth, a place where the affections are cultivated instead of being studiously repressed. Our happiness depends upon this cultivation of love, sympathy, and true courtesy to one another.

— Ellen G. White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 3, p. 539