Through you, all people shall be blessed

Through you, all people shall be blessed

GALATIANS 3 v. 6 – 9
‘Even so, Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.
Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham.
And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, ‘All people shall be blessed in you.’.
So then those who are of faith are blessed with Abraham, the believer.’

Paul rightly appeals all the way back to the origins of the Jewish faith, in the call to Abraham to believe in God’s promise, that one day his people would be the means for all nations / all peoples to be blessed.
Paul is seeing the fulfillment of this promise before his eyes, as countless Gentiles (literally, ‘all nations / people-groups’) come to faith.
It’s a sign of God’s faithfulness, of keeping His promises.
And for the Wesley brothers, founders of Methodism, a passion that the good news / gospel – this faith – is ‘for all’ people.

All-loving God,
help us glimpse
the extent of this truth
that through Your people of faith
(the sons and daughters of Abraham)
all nations, and all peoples will be blessed.
We are blessed to be a blessing.
Remind us again
of the Great Commission
to make disciples of all nations, all peoples.
Help us communicate
by our words and our actions
that Your love, Your grace,
Your forgiveness,
Your salvation
is ‘for all.’

Watch / read the news today with these eyes of faith,
and pray for God’s people everywhere, close-by in every situation
to be a blessing – a ‘light to the nations’.

Phil Gough