Jesus’ Take on Blessings

It’s true that “blessings” can refer to good and abundant gifts. Here in the States, isn’t that usually what we mean when we say we are blessed? And there are a number of Scriptures that use that definition of the word.

But here’s something to think about. Jesus had a long list of those who are blessed. And guess what? The “blessing” that comes to each has nothing to do with things, wealth, possessions, opportunities, or successes. 

Living in this country where so much of our thinking, our measurement of success, indeed even our enumeration of blessings is based on things … well, maybe having so much of this world’s wealth has made it more difficult to see what “blessings” are in the value system of Jesus Christ’s kingdom. In His kingdom, blessing is all about joy and being in a right relationship with God.

So let’s count our blessings today. Here’s what Jesus said about being blessed.

God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
    
(the Greek says, “poor in spirit”)
   for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

God blesses those who mourn,
   for they will be comforted.

God blesses those who are humble,
   for they will inherit the whole earth.

God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice (or righteousness),
   for they will be satisfied.

God blesses those who are merciful,
   for they will be shown mercy.

God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
   for they will see God.

God blesses those who work for peace,
   for they will be called the children of God.

God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
   for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.

 Jesus says God blesses those who know how much they need Him, those who mourn and seek a relationship with Him, those who sow mercy and work for peace, those whose hearts are pure and humble, those who are mistreated because they follow Him.

Those people have the Kingdom! They will be given comfort and mercy and will find what they seek, they will be called God’s children and will inherit the earth. They will see God.

It seems to me that a land overflowing with those blessings is a most wonderful place to live.

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Scripture: Matthew 5:3-11 (NLT)

2 thoughts on “Jesus’ Take on Blessings

  1. Elaine,

    For the first time I thought, maybe I am not as blessed as I thought I was to be living in America…as having all this abundance has possibly dulled me to looking for God’s blessings, the “real” blessings…Lana.

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