“And the King will answer them, “I assure you — whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for Me.” ” — Matthew 25:40
No matter which way you look at it, I am immensely blessed. I am a Christian that experiences God’s joy and salvation and peace every day — not everyone in the world has even heard of that. I am an American that has a lot of things handed to me on a silver platter that people in many other countries may never experience, clean, running water, for instance. I am a college student studying a field I am passionate about on an amazing college campus so that I can pursue a career in the field of my choosing one day, and I haven’t even had to make any sacrifices to get here.
Wow. Counting my blessings almost makes me look selfish. And maybe that’s the point.
If a CEO was making millions of dollars every year and never did anything charitable with it, but rather poured it all into his own frivolous lifestyle — the world would look reproachfully upon him. And I would dare to venture that if I lived my life full of blessing for myself, the world should look down on me for being selfish as well.
A couple of weeks ago, I woke up one morning feeling pretty blessed and like I was living a pretty great life. But a question kept flitting around in my head.
What is the point of this? If happiness and blessing is it, what is the point?
As a Christian, I know what the point is supposed to be. And I’d like to believe that I have lived according to it, but that is not usually the case.
“The Son of Man came not to serve, but to be served, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” — Luke 19:10
“Make your own attitude that of Christ Jesus.” — Philippians 2:5
Jesus came to be a servant, and He calls us to be servants as well. And so the phrase blessed to be a blessing started taking shape in my mind. I know I have heard those words before, but they began taking on a new meaning in my life and something I try to remember consciously as I go throughout my days.
How hard is it for me to stop at Starbucks on the way to work and grab coffee for my manager? Does it really take much to thank my professor for an amazing lecture? Or what about bigger things? Why can’t I sponsor a kid in Africa? Who says I can’t raise money to build a well for his community? There’s a myriad of ways I can be a blessing. And that’s why God has blessed me.
I’ve always been intrigued by the Biblical concept of stewardship. Using our resources wisely in a way that glorifies our Savior. But stewardship isn’t just about money — we can be good stewards of our time, our lives, our blessings.
“Each one of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s varied grace.” — 1 Peter 4:10