“Would it matter if I was never born? What on earth am I here for? How can I get God’s favor and blessings?”
These are questions I was asked by one of my patients who had attempted suicide. In her desperate state, she told me she wanted her life to matter.
Psalm 90 is a prayer written by a man who wanted God’s Favor and Blessing. His name is Moses. The Talmud calls him the greatest Jewish leader. He was born 3,410 years ago. His accomplishments include:
- an Egyptian education
- eye-witness to many of God’s miracles like the “Parting the Red Sea,” in fact, he set the Exodus in motion
- 40 years of desert-wilderness training ~ a journey that should have taken only 2 weeks by foot
- a prophet, a lawgiver
- he recorded The 10 Commandments.
He is called the Man of God and, “the most humble man on earth.” Moses struggled with anger issues. He was not perfect but he was a man God used: Humanly flawed, heavenly charged.
Moses was a numbers guy. He wrote the First 5 books of the Bible. The fourth one he called Numbers… which sounds a bit boring. But it is full of interesting stories. A better title might be: How to make your life count. Moses died on his 120th birthday.
For a thousand years in your sight are like a day… Psalm 90:4 (NIV)
In other words, Moses prayed, God, time is passing fast
Misao Okawa was the world’s oldest person alive in 2015. When asked on her birthday, “What do you think about your record-breaking life and turning 117?” She answered, “It(’s) seemed rather short.” Just like Moses, she saw her life was passing by fast.
Moses then prays in vs 12: Teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom. “number our days” means to focus on the need to live every day for maximum impact.
Favor: Hebrew Word: 1. God’s grace 2. God’s lovingkindness
Establish: Hebrew Word: to cause something to become widely known; to last for a long time (eternity)
So this verse implies that by God’s grace, our lives can have value, significance.
Moses prayer could sound like this: Lord, my God, let your grace and lovingkindness, your blessings, be upon me. Cause the work of my hands to last for eternity!
While working on my doctorate, I had a job at Good Samaritan Hospital. Because my days were full: classes, labs and clinical practicums, I worked the graveyard shift doing whatever job was available. One of my most profound and meaningful jobs was sitting at the bedsides of dying men and women ~ some leaving earth peacefully, some wrestling with regrets.
Of the Top 10 Regrets people have at the End of Life, this one often appears:
I wish I had chosen work that was meaningful for me.
These are the folks that never enjoyed their job but stuck with it year after year to pay the bills. They wished instead that they had chosen work in line with their purpose and passions — work that excited them and gave them a sense of fulfillment.
For Christians, we don’t have to have those end of life regrets.
God establishes the work of our hands by giving us gifts that will make a difference in the lives of others. That’s what success is—being what God meant for you to be. At Summit Church, we are committed to help you discover your purpose in life and provide opportunities for you to live it out by serving others. Go through the Growth Trek and join the Dream Team
In the Middle ages, during the construction of one of the great European cathedrals, a nobleman walked among the workers, asking about their labors. The stonemason explained the care involved in raising a plumb wall. The glass worker pointed out the details of a leaded glass window. The carpenter spoke about the wooden frame supporting the whole building. The nobleman spotted a peasant woman with a broom and a bucket going around cleaning up trash. He asked her what she was doing. She replied, “I’m building a cathedral for the glory of God!”
Her attitude was: “I’ll worship God right now, no matter my job.” The apostle Paul said, “Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering.” (Romans 12:1 MSG)
The Four Laws of God’s Blessing
BY RICK WARREN
- Our blessings should flow to others.
The Bible teaches us that we are blessed not just so that we can feel good, or be happy and comfortable, but so that we will bless others. God told Abraham “I will bless you … and you will be a blessing.” So, the first law of blessing: It must flow outwardly.
How does it flow outwardly? “Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.” (Philippians 1:4 MSG).
- When we bless others, God takes care of our needs.
In Luke 18, Jesus says, “I guarantee this. Anyone who gives up anything for the Kingdom of God will certainly receive many times more in this life and will receive eternal life in the next world to come.”
- Our blessings to others will come back on us.
The more you bless other people and the more you help others, the more God blesses your life. Luke 6:38 tells us, “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back — given back with bonus and blessing” (MSG). You cannot out-give God. Say to your neighbor.
- The more we’re blessed by God, the more He expects us to help others.
Jesus said it this way in Luke 12: “To whom much is given, much is required.” We are blessed to be a blessing.
We must embrace this fact:
THE CHURCH IS NOT HERE FOR US, RATHER,
WE ARE THE CHURCH AND WE ARE HERE FOR THE WORLD!
You can have the awesome favor of God. It starts here:
“Let us think about each other and help each other to show love and do good deeds.” (Hebrews 10:24 NCV).
Awesome families teach their kids that they are not the center of the universe. They teach their kids that God made them and shaped them for a mission. They model dedication, service, generosity, and prayer. Average families don’t do those things. Awesome families do.
A good example is Cornelius: “He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly.” (Acts 10:2 NIV)
I want God’s favor and blessings in my family and for Him to establish the work of my hands ~ that’s the awesome legacy I want to leave!
Take time to pray this prayer:
Before beginning to pray, you’ll notice that the prayer says “family” and before you say: “My kids are grown. I’m not married. I don’t have kids.” Look at “family” from God’s perspective. As Believers we are part of God’s Family… He calls us Children of God… so Summit Church is your family, your Small Group and Your Ministry team is Family… We are Family…
“Dear Jesus Christ, I want to live an awesome life. And I want to have an awesome family. I know I won’t have either if I just live for myself. So today I give myself to you. As for me and my house, we’re going to serve the Lord.
I want my family to be a place of play and fun, not just work and negativity. I want my family to be a place where we encourage each other to grow constantly. I want to be a family that is a shelter in the storm, a safe haven, a refuge. Help me to protect my family — not just their bodies but also their minds.
I want my family to serve You by serving others. Help us to find our family mission, our purpose, what You shaped our family to do. Help me to teach my kids to be generous by modeling generosity to God and to others.
Help me to have a bifocal vision to not just care about my family but to teach them to care about the whole world. May we model dedication and service and generosity and prayer.
I can’t do this on my own, Lord. So I ask you to come into my life and take complete control of every area, and give me the power to do the right thing. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.