Today’s Scripture: This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:12-13

There is one in American history who had a desire to see the lost saved. His name was David Brainerd. He was a missionary to the American Indians. Born in 1718, he died of tuberculosis at the age of 29 in 1747. He lived a life that won many to Christ. He had a hard life and his health was not good, but still, he devoted his short life to telling others about Jesus.

In his diary, he wrote, “It is impossible for any rational creature to be happy, without acting all for God. God Himself could not make men happy any other way. There is nothing in the world worth living for except doing good and finishing God’s work – doing the work that Christ did. I see nothing else in the world that can yield any satisfaction besides living to God, pleasing Him, and doing His whole will.”

Jesus is the One who stands at the portal of the book of Psalms and it is through Him that we can achieve all the blessings, not only of Psalm 1, but of the entire Bible. We must go through Jesus. When we receive the Gospel, we have the help of the perfect Man to live the life that we could not live. And as we live through Him, we are blessed and can be a blessing.

When you are a blessing to others, you are glorifying God. I hope that you want that; that the desire of your life is to be blessed and to be a blessing.

You need to be a blessing to those around you who are like the chaff, because through your example, they can become a tree like you.  They can go from being worthless to being nourished by the never-ending source of life and producing fruit, shade, and blessing. The chaff can become a tree, and if you have received Jesus Christ, you become a blessing. The biggest blessing you can give is to share the Gospel with someone who is lost. The unsaved “chaff” are destined for fire and destruction, and you can seek to win them. I hope that is the desire of your life – to be a blessed person and be a blessing to others.

Devotional by Jim Scudder, Jr.