Bless You

A blessing can be something life changing or it could be just a little boost throughout the day.

Matthew 26.1-13

Reference:  v.7 … a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. (NIV Bible)

Explore:  As part of our weekly Bible study we were looking at the word ‘bless’.  There are four ways that someone can bless or be blessed.
1. God can bless us – an unexpected gift from God
2. We can bless God – they praise we offer to God
3. We can bless ourselves – relying on our own strength
4. We can bless each other – giving support or assistance to another.
A blessing can be something life changing or it could be just a little boost throughout the day.
In Matthew 26 we hear of a woman giving a public expression of blessing #2.  While often we think of blessing God by singing praises, this woman lavishly gives of her wealth, her emotions and even her pride as she enters into a house and pours perfume over Jesus.

Application:  While we may not be able to physically pour perfume over Jesus, we could give that kind of blessing in many other ways.  God has given us so much and continually blesses us in many ways and yet we often forget to give our blessing back to God.  There are endless ways that we can give a blessing to God, it saddens me when we only reduce our praise to one hour a week during a church service.  Our King of kings and Lord of lords deserves more than that. This woman was able to show her adoration by giving of herself as well as her resources.  The best way we can bless God is give him all that we are.  He knows how broken we may be but he is still blessed by our humble offering.

Prayer: Oh Lord, you are mighty and glorious.  May we not forget to praise you with everything we are today.  Amen.

Outside of a church service, what is a way you bless/praise God?

This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.