And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16
How vast are the effects of obeying this verse but only if I understand what God is asking me to do. It’s not just stopping to help someone carry a heavy package, or taking someone a meal, or even making a hospital visit. ‘To do good’ means to show someone else the same kindness and favor that God showed to me. I am to receive and then transmit what I received. I am a conduit and the point of doing good is to leave an aroma of God, not myself.
A lot of people do good things and simple kindnesses are powerful, certainly. But without God behind them, the effects are earthbound. If I am to receive first, then transmit, I must experience the lovingkindess of His blessing. May the Lord bless and keep you, may the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and be gracious to you, and bring you peace. Numbers 6:24-26 The Hebrew picture of lifting up a countenance is one of a father holding up a child in order to adore him. God’s blessing starts with His delight.
When the priest raises his hands to pronounce this well-known blessing from the book of Numbers, he faces his palms downward and touches his thumbs together. The four fingers on each hand are split into two sets of two fingers each and this hand formation is called ‘the overlapping lattice of windows.’ Their tradition says that the Divine Presence will shine through the fingers of the priests as they bless the people. King David asked God specifically for this blessing. Make your face to shine upon your servant. Psalm 31:16 David was down and needed to feel the impact of God’s kindness.
As I am blessed, humbly blessed, I am told to rise, then go and communicate this same blessing to another person. The particular deed isn’t as important as the Divine Presence of God that I take with me. It’s the humility with which I love another. It’s communicating what is often unspoken. “God has loved me so much and I want you to feel that too.”
Lord, I don’t want to waste even one gesture of kindness. Bless me and let me bless others in the overflow. Amen