“Somebody Else Needs a Blessing”

"Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me" (Matt. 25:40).

     INTRO.: A hymn which emphasizes the importance of serving Jesus by serving others is "Somebody Else Needs a Blessing." The text was written by Eliza Edmunds Hewitt (1851-1920). The tune was composed by Bentley DeForest Ackley (1872-1958). The song was undoubtedly produced around 1917 because it was copyrighted that year by Ackley. Later the copyright was owned by Robert H. Coleman of Dallas, TX. Hewitt authored many well known gospel song texts such as "For Christ and the Church," "Give Me Thy Heart," "More About Jesus," "A Blessing in Prayer," "Sunshine in My Soul," "When We All Get to Heaven," "Who Will Follow Jesus?", and "Will There Be Any Stars in My Crown?" Ackley provided melodies for such songs as "What Will You Do With Jesus?" by James Robinson and "I Walk With the King" by James Rowe. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, "Somebody Else Needs a Blessing" appeared in the 1935 Christian Hymns (No. 1) edited by L. O. Sanderson.

     The song reminds us of our need to fulfil our responsibilities to our fellow man.

I. Stanza 1 encourages us to praise the Lord
"We’re ‘counting’ the blessings; our joys we record.
The wonderful mercies like sunbeams outpoured;
But let us remember while praising the Lord,
Somebody else needs a blessing."
 A. We need to remember that every good and perfect gift or blessing comes from God: Jas. 1:17
 B. Especially are the mercies of God poured out on mankind like sunbeams: 2 Cor. 1:3
 C. However, there is something to remember while we are praising the Lord for these favors, and that is that we need to do good to others: Gal. 6:10

II. Stanza 2 encourages us to comfort the sad
"We’ll go, like the Savior, to comfort the sad;
With love’s healing portion we’ll make others glad,
Until, with fresh verdure, life’s deserts are clad.
Somebody else needs a blessing."
 A. Like Jesus, His followers should strive to comfort the sad and fainthearted: 1 Thess. 5:14
 B. It should be our desire to make others glad by sharing with them the healing portion of love: Matt. 22:39
 C. We can help life’s deserts to be clad with fresh verdure by assisting others, even if it means only giving a cup of cold water in the Lord’s name: Matt. 10:42

III. Stanza 3 encourages us to tell the old story
"We’ll tell the old story again and again:
Salvation for sinners, goodwill unto men,
Till gospel songs echo from mountain to glen.
Somebody else needs a blessing."
 A. The times that we help others in the affairs of this life present opportunities to tell the old story by preaching the word: Acts 8:4
 B. This story is the gospel of Christ which is the power of God unto salvation: Rom. 1:16
C. Our aim should be to share it until it echoes from mountain to glen throughout the whole world: Mk. 16:15-16

     CONCL.: The chorus exhorts us to let our lights shine.
"Somebody else needs a blessing,
Somebody else needs a blessing;
We’ll let our lights shine to His glory divine.
Somebody else needs a blessing."
Certainly, we can and should be thankful for all the blessings that we have received from the hand of the Lord. But we also must remember that this world is full of people who need help, both physically and spiritually, and do what we can to assist them, especially in obtaining salvation from sin, as we realize that "Somebody Else Needs a Blessing."


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