As we end our series on “Plus One” blessings, Psalm 128:2 says, “When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, you will be happy and it will be well with you.” (NASB 1995) The World English Bible (WEB) says, “For you will eat the labor of your hands. You will be happy, and it will be well with you.”
Some blessings, I believe, God intends for us alone. There are some things that He gives us that are for us to enjoy or as a reward for our faithfulness to Him, in essence, they are personal blessings. Some of those personal “Plus One” blessings come because of our request in prayer. For example, we had been trying to sell our camper; it had been for sale for four years and not a nibble. About a month ago, someone unexpectedly came to my husband and paid cash for our camper. We had been praying, asking God to help us sell our camper. He gave us a personal blessing of selling our camper, and as a result, at least for me, it increased my faith that God hears me and answers my prayers.
Some of our “Plus One” blessings are ones to share with others. When my hubby planted tomatoes in the backyard, we gave the overflow to friends in our church. Those were “Plus One” blessings that God gave Kraig for all his hard work in growing tomatoes; even the local deer got in on the act and received a blessing of a meal or two! LOL! The Bible tells us that, “it is more blessed to give than receive.” (Acts 20:5 KJV) It Is true, because often when we give from our abundance to bless someone else, we also receive a blessing in seeing them enjoy our gift.
When we receive abundant blessings, our “Plus Ones”, what do we do with them? Are we to share them, are we to keep them to ourselves? The first thing we should do is pray, thank God for the blessing, and then ask Him, “Lord, is this for me to share or is this a personal blessing to savor for myself?” He will give us wisdom in knowing what is to be shared and what is for us.
Then there are Spiritual blessings. Some things that He wants us to share include His gift of salvation. That is the most important “Plus One” blessing we receive! We are commanded to share with others about Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection. “And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15 ESV) Witnessing to others is something all Believers should be doing. When we tell others about how much Jesus loves them and what He’s done for us, we are being obedient to His command, and we also share with them the blessing of salvation that we have experienced.
Another blessing is sharing how God has helped us with a situation with someone who is going through the same difficulty we have been through. “who comforts and encourages us in every trouble so that we will be able to comfort and encourage those who are in any kind of trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 2:4 AMP) Conversely, I know in my own life; I’ve had friends help me through a hard time by sharing how God helped them through the same thing. That was a blessing to me! God provided those friends to be a blessing to me by their sharing their experiences.
The obvious example of sharing our “Plus One” is material things. We can bless others from the abundance God has blessed us with, and in doing so, we pass on God’s love for them. Just recently, my church had a clothing giveaway. Clothes were placed on clothes racks in the parking lot, ads were placed online inviting people to come, and ladies held signs by the side of the highway inviting people to come and get free clothes. It was a great success. Some who came were homeless with nothing but the shirt on their back, and they were grateful for the free clothing. Our church had “Plus One” blessings of extra clothes that were shared with the community and people were blessed in turn.
We can enjoy those personal “Plus One” blessings for ourselves, and we can also share those God-given extras with others. In doing so, we will find joy in serving God, and our hearts will be filled to overflowing with love for God and others.