Numbers 6:22-27 was part of my Bible reading during “coffee with the Lord” today. As I read it I was reminded of the responsibility spiritual leaders have to “bless” those they lead…
“The Lord said to Moses, ‘tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people with this special blessing… May the Lord bless you and protect you! May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you! May the Lord show you His favor and give you His peace!'”
Then the Bible says God spoke and said, “Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in My Name, I MYSELF WILL BLESS THEM!!”
That’s a wonderful blessing! You may have heard a pastor in church utter this blessing over the congregation at the close of a service as a “benediction.” But this morning during my time of “coffee with the Lord” it occurred to me that Aaron in the Old Testament, and a pastor in a church service are only agents for the Lord… Ultimately I want God to be the one who lays His mighty, loving hands upon my head and speaks these words and activates the blessing over my life! Isn’t that what you want? His blessing, not a man’s, is what makes all the difference in the world!
You know what? I want to fulfill that responsibility as a spiritual leader!! I want to be known for going around “blessing people” … God, when I bless ’em will you please bless ’em too?!! I know you will!!