By Don Bartel
In recent years I have been pondering the concept of blessing. The very first blessings in the Bible occur on the opening page of the book of Genesis. When God created the sea creatures and the birds of the air on the fifth day He blessed them saying, "Be fruitful and multiply...." (Gen. 1:20-22) Then on the sixth day he created Adam and Eve and blessed them saying, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth...." (Gen. 1:27-28)
Be fruitful! Multiply! At first glance, Adam and Eve's blessing seems like a command that they were to obey. Commands come from those in authority. With commands come obligation, expectation, and duty. Since God is the ultimate authority, He could have given a command, but He didn't.
Blessings are different than commands. Blessings come from a lover and a giver. Although Adam and Eve had a part to play in the process, they could only receive the blessing by leaning into God with faith and trust.
Today, I believe God has a blessing for The Navigators and for us in the Metro Mission. He might say it something like this. "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the world with workers for the kingdom next door to everywhere." Like Adam and Eve, we have a part to play, but to receive this blessing, we need to lean into God with faith and trust.
Abraham also received a blessing and took matters into his own hands with unfortunate results. No matter how tempting it may be to try and fulfill our Navigator blessing by our own efforts, we must remember that God is a lover and a giver who calls us to lean into Himself with faith and trust in order to receive and experience His blessing.
Take some time today to lean into God, fully trust Him, and see what great things He will do.