Spiritual blessing


2Kings 2:9: When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask what I shall do for you, before I am taken from you.” And Elisha said, “Please let there be a double portion of your spirit on me.”

The most lasting blessing is spiritual blessing. That is why Paul said: God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places (Ephesians 1:3). There are heavenly places and there are earthly places, and as Christians we exist simultaneously in both realms, but since what is physical is sourced from the spiritual realm (Hebrews 11:3), the spiritual is more important that the physical. The bible says that the worlds were framed by the word of God; the things we see are made from spiritual raw material.

The original raw material for everything we see is the word of God; also the bible says that the Lord upholds everything by the word of his power (Hebrews 1:3). That means not only is the world formed by the word, it is what continues to sustain it even now.

The word is a person: Jesus Christ. Talking about him, the bible says the word became flesh and dwelled among us, full of grace and truth (John 1:17). The Word made flesh in Jesus bringing the spiritual blessings of grace and truth.

A time came when some disciples of Jesus had to choose between following him for physical sustenance or for spiritual sustenance.

After feeding multitudes the camp of his followers seems to swell up (John 6). Then he changed his message, saying: that though he fed them with bread and fish, the real sustenance he brought for them was spiritual and if they don’t drink his blood and eat his flesh, they will not have life in them. He seemed to suggest that they have to devour his flesh like cannibals and drink his blood, before they can receive real spiritual benefit from him. He said he is the bread from heaven.

As many departed from Jesus because of that hard saying, he asked the twelve apostles: will you also depart? They answered him: “To whom we shall go? You have the words of eternal life.” They recognised the spiritual value Jesus brings, and were not distracted by his seemingly difficult words. They had their eyes on the spiritual value that Jesus brings.

Because he gave them free meals, they wanted to make him king, but his mission was greater than that, he is greater than that, his was sent to make us kings and priests unto God (Revelation 1:6, 5:10). He is too high for us to make him anything. But they didn’t know that.

Jesus told the people that the words “I speak to you they are spirit and life (John 6:63),” helping them to realise there spiritual values in them. And He commended the choice made by Mary (Luke 10:38-42), the sister of Martha to sit at his feet drawing wisdom from him, while Martha was busy trying to do things for Jesus. Martha’s priority was physical, while Mary’s was spiritual. Jesus said: “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”

Jesus told Martha that it is better for her to seek spiritual value, praising for her sister for making the right choice. The right choice is the choice to value the spiritual more than the physical. The choice you make will either make or mar you. The words you speak, the people you associate with, the books you read, the places you go and those you listen to, all define you.

We should make the choices that make us better as individuals, and make is a better source of blessing to others. God said to Abraham: I will bless you and make you a blessing and through him all the nations of the earth will be blessed (Genesis 12:1-3).

God is looking for channels through whom he will pour out his blessing on this earth, channels of his glory. Jesus came to make us spiritual, to equip us with spiritual capacities so that we can pour out spiritual blessings on others, and bring changes to the earth by the power of God.

Moses was empowered by God to bring changes to the life of the children of Israel, to bring them from the house of bondage, the land of Egypt. Through signs of wonders that God mediated through Moses, the children of Israel got their freedom, which was nothing less that blessing coming from God. God took them from the place where they were abused to a place where they were free, through divine intervention.

Jesus declared to the people that he has come to bring spiritual value to us. He said that he has come to preach the gospel to the poor, open the eyes of the blind, declaring the acceptable year of the Lord (Luke 4:18-19). He was Immanuel, God with us. He brings God to us; he is the embodiment of divine blessing. Peter said that he went about distributing divine blessing, healing those who are negatively affected by the devil (Acts 10:38). He came with the spiritual blessing of healing, commissioned to take away our sicknesses and diseases away (Matthew 8:17).

Paul had the mandate to bring spiritual blessing to the gentiles, opening their eyes to see the truth of the gospel (Acts 9:15, 26:15-18). He was meant to live his life as a conduit of spiritual blessing, going from place to place, establishing churches that will be centres for the flow of the life of Jesus, as Christians perpetuates the blessings he represents.

Paul wrote to the church in Rome: I long to come to you so that I may impact some spiritual gift to you (Romans 1:11), to the end that you may be established. He coming was to add spiritual value to them. In another place in the bible we read: it is good that the heart be established with grace not with food which has not profited those who are indulged in it, putting higher value on the spiritual blessing of grace (spiritual substance that makes it possible for us to act like God on earth) more than the natural value of physical meal and other earthly pursuits (Hebrews 13:9).

Paul told the Colossians Christians to set their hearts on things on heaven and not on things on the earth (Colossians 3:1-4) focusing on spiritual blessings.


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