Blessed To Be A Blessing
This was our final week in our Mister Rogers themed sermon series “Won’t You be a Neighbor?” where we have been learning what it means and looks like to be good neighbors to whomever is in our midst.
This week we talked about Abraham’s call and legacy. When Abraham was 75 years old, God called him to pack up and move from his hometown to another land that God would show him. God pronounced blessing over Abraham, saying that God will bless him and that many nations and peoples would be blessed because of Abraham. God says, “I will bless you, and you will be a blessing.” God also changed Abram and Sarai’s names to Abraham and Sarah, and in doing so, showed how God was doing something new and staking claim in their identity. We are a part of the descendants of Abraham and Sarah, and each of us have a stake in God’s promise to them.
For Fred Rogers, the first prototype of a true neighbor took the form of an older woman that lived nearby him in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. She was his grandmother’s age, and everyone called her Mama Bell. Freddy would frequently wander over to Mama Bell’s home looking for a snack. Each time he visited, Mama Bell would welcome him in and make his favorite snack- toast sticks. One day, Mama Bell even asked him if he wanted to make the toast sticks on his own that day, and she taught him how to make them. Shortly thereafter, Mama Bell got sick and died, but that memory of toast sticks with Mama Bell stuck with Fred for years to come. It left a simple but profound legacy on Fred Rogers’ life.
Fred Rogers once said, “The real issue in life is not how many blessings we have, but what we do with our blessings. Some people have many blessings and hoard them. Some have few and give everything away.” The real issue in life is not how many blessings we have, but what we do with our blessings. What are you doing with your blessings? How do you want to be remembered? What are you doing to be remembered that way? When we choose to give our blessings away, we ultimately give out of a gratitude of the generations of Christians who came before us, and we give to pass the faith on to our children, our youth, and new people coming into the faith. We give to leave a legacy of spiritual toast sticks that shares blessings with all our neighbors who are in need. God blesses us to be a blessing to our neighbors.
This Sunday was Commitment Sunday, in which we pledged our commitments to God and the church for 2019. If you haven’t already done so, we encourage you to fill out a commitment card and turn it into the church office. We hope and pray you can partner with us, so that our church can continue reaching out to be good neighbors to each other, our community, and our world.
Questions to Consider and Discuss:
- What do you do with your blessings?
- How do you want to be remembered? What are you doing to be remembered that way?
Monday- Genesis 12:1-9
Tuesday- Genesis 17:1-14
Wednesday- Genesis 17:15-27
Thursday- Genesis 18:16-33
Friday- Genesis 21:1-7