How many times have we said to people "God bless you"? When we say "God bless you", how many times have we really meant it or believe that it will happen? Sad to say, "God bless you" has become a cliche for Christians (me included), something that we utter to replace "Goodbye" or "See you again".
I have heard that quite a few times at my stall. When some customers who are Christians discover that I am also a Christian, they say "God bless you" as they leave after they collect their orders. I usually reply with another cliche - "God bless you too"!
Of course, I believe that the tongue has the power of life and death (Prov 18:21) and would rather have people say to me "God bless you" rather than "God curse you" but sometimes I get the feeling that these 3 words "God bless you" are just empty words spoken by people who have no heart for you as a fellow Christian brother. It seems as if they are obligated to utter these 3 words to you for their own sake rather than yours.
I met at least two such Christian "customers" who have "blessed" me with these 3 words before but regularly buy desserts from another dessert stall (which, by the way, has a thai prosperity "god" installed inside) just two doors away. I see them only when the other stall is closed. Okay, you are probably thinking that maybe the other stall's desserts taste better than mine but at the risk of sounding arrogant, my desserts taste much better (based on testimonies from regular customers who have tasted the other stall's dessert too).
However, regardless whether my desserts actually taste better or not, they have the freedom to choose which stall they want to patronize but somehow their actions make those 3 words ring hollow in my ears. For someone in need, what he wants is not just your words of blessing but also your blessing in deeds.
I read in chrisitianpost.com a report about "The 100k Blessing" campaign started by Faith Community Baptist Church (FCBC) with the "aim to bless 100,000 lives for Christ". FCBC got its church members to commit "themselves to accomplish this churchwide mission by reaching out to individuals around them – including their loved ones, friends, colleagues or just about anybody that they meet – and praying for them in any areas of need that they are facing."
At first, when I saw the name of the campaign in the chrsitianpost.com article, I thought that it was about doing a kind act for 100,000 people but after I visited the FCBC website, I realized that the campaign was about praying for 100,000 people. Although this is a noble project and does have its own merit, I can't help but feel that it is well short of its full potential because its emphasis is on praying for somebody but does not include doing something for somebody as well.
For someone who is in financial need, having a fellow Christian pray over you and encourage you with scripture is good for the spirit BUT if another fellow Christian stuffs an envelope full of cash into your hands without saying a word to you, who do you think has really blessed you?
Yes, as Christians, the words we speak carry power but at certain times, actions do speak louder than words.