Lately I’ve been thinking about the debt we Christians owe, but cannot repay. I’ve taught on it, and posts have appeared on this blog about that debt. (See What a Debt We Owe and Repaying the Debt of Gratitude) But today, I want to get practical.
Before that, though, let me challenge you in thought. We know we have been showered with “Jewish” blessings. For example, the Jewish Messiah is our Savior, the Jewish scriptures are inherent in our Bible, the prophets and the New Testament writers were Jewish, and our values and theology are rooted in Judaism.
Indeed, through Abraham, God commissioned the Jews to be the vehicle of world redemption, making our salvation dependent upon God’s call upon the Jewish people. Prior to cutting covenant with Abraham, God gave this promise to Abraham:
“I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
So you see, we are to reciprocate the grace that God pours out through the Jews. Abraham is father of the Jews. Through him and his descendants all the families of the earth are blessed, but in return, we are to bless them as well!
Matthew, the “most Jewish” of the Gospels, says:
Freely you received, freely give.
~Matthew 10:8 (NASB)
Paul seems to repeat this principle in Romans 15:27:
For if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material blessings.
Now, let’s get practical. How can we “give back?” A very simple method of blessing was shared yesterday: congratulate Jerusalem on her jubilee year! (If you missed that post, please click the link and share your words of encouragement.)
Otherwise, consider saying “Thank you” in these ways when you enter a conversation with a Jewish person:
- Thank you to you and your people for writing the Book that changed my life!
- You gave us the Psalms, which lead us (Christians) into worship. We are so grateful for the great privilege of worshipping the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
- Without Judaism, there would be no Christianity, and I am eternally grateful.
Don’t be shy about sharing your gratitude and the reasons why. Take every opportunity to express your love and support of Israel. In my experience, Jews are very grateful when others bless them. For some, it may be the first time they have heard a Christian person express love and support. Be that person!