MAKE ME A CHANNEL OF BLESSING

Wayne S. Walker

“Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a
vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for
every good work” (2 Tim. 2.21).

     INTRO.:  A song which encourages us to be vessels of honor, fit for
the Master and prepared for every good work is “Make Me A Channel Of
Blessing.”  The text was written and the tune (Euclid) was composed both
by Harper G. Smyth (1873-1945).  A native of New York City, NY, he
received his musical training in that city and for two years was a member
of the Metropolitan Opera Company.  After working briefly in Atlanta, GA,
and Indianapolis, IN, he served as song leader on tours with Maud
Ballington Booth of the Salvation Army and evangelist J. Wilbur Chapman.

     This song was produced in 1903.  The earliest collection in which it
has been found is “Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs,” compiled in 1904
by James McGranahan.  In 1913 Smyth settled in Cleveland, OH, where he
maintained a vocal studio and was active in the musical life of the city,
which included being the official songleader for the National Republican
Convention which was held at Cleveland in 1924.  In April of 1945 he
suffered a stroke while leading singing for a group of recruits at the
Army Induction Center and died four months later.

       Among historic hymnbooks used in churches of Christ, the song is
found in the 1921 “Great Songs of the Church” No. 1 (#143) and the 1937
“Great Songs of the Church No. 2” (#117) both edited by E. L. Jorgenson;
the 1935 “Christian Hymns” No. 1 (#56) and the 1948 “Christian Hymns No.
2″ (#89) both edited by L. O. Sanderson.  Among books currently in use,
it is found in the 1956 “Sacred Selections for the Church” (#96) edited
by Ellis J. Crum; the 1971 “Songs of the Church” (#344) edited by Alton
H. Howard; and the 1992 “Praise for the Lord” (#341) edited by John P.
Wiegand.

     This song tells us how we can be channels of blessing for God

I. Stanza 1 says that we must tell the lost of the Savior
“Is your life a channel of blessing?  Is the love of God flowing through
you?
Are you telling the lost of the Savior?  Are you ready His service to
do?”
 A. The love of God for mankind is wonderful, but if we have received it,
He wants it to flow through us to others: 1 John 4.9-11
 B. And the way we let this happen is to tell others of what He has done
for us, as Jesus asked the healed demoniac to do: Mk. 5.1-19
 C. In this way, we will be ready His service to do: Isaiah 6.8

II. Stanza 2 says that we must urge upon those who are straying the
message of the cross
     “Is your life a channel of blessing?  Are you burdened for those
that are lost?
     Have you urged upon those who are straying The Savior who died on
the cross?”
 A. Paul was certainly burdened for those who were lost: Rom. 10.1-3
 B. And he urged upon those who were straying by preaching the gospel of
Christ that they might be reconciled to God: 2 Cor. 5.18-20
 C. The message of the Savior who died on the cross may seem as
foolishness to the world, but it is the only way of salvation: 1 Cor.
1.18-24

III. Stanza 3 says that we must speak the word of salvation to those in
sin
“Is your life a channel of blessing?  Are you daily telling for Him?”
Have you spoken the word of salvation To those who are dying in sin?”
 A. Speaking for Jesus should be something that is a part of our lives
every day: Lk. 9.23, Acts 2.46, Heb. 3.13
 B. And what we should be speaking every day is the gospel of Christ
which is God’s power to salvation: Rom. 1.6
 C. Why?  Because there is a whole wide world out there who is dying in
sin: 2 Cor. 5.10-15

IV. Stanza 4 says that we must have lives that are free from all sin so
that we will not be barriers and hindrances to others
“We cannot be channels of blessing If our lives are not free from all
sin;
We will barriers be and a hindrance To those we are trying to win.”
 A. Obviously, the Bible teaches that no one, even Christians, are
perfectly free from all sin, but we cannot continue to live in sin and be
channels of blessing: 1 Jn. 3.4-9
 B. If those who are supposed to be Christians do continue in sin, they
will become barriers and hindrances to others: 1 Tim. 5.14, Tit. 2.7-8
 C. Therefore, we need to keep our lives pure and holy that we might have
an influence for good on those we are trying to win: 1 Pet. 1.15, 2.11-12

     CONCL.:  The chorus asks God to help us in achieving these goals:
“Make me a channel of blessing today, Make me a channel of blessing, I
pray; My live possessing, my service blessing; Make me a channel of blessing
today.”

As a Christian, it should be my daily aim and prayer to God that He would
help to “Make Me A Channel Of BLessing.”

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