If the truth about what it means to blessed by God was found in my Facebook feed, I would assume that God’s blessings are found in a spouse who stops to bring me flowers, children who get into their dream schools, getting promotions or getting that upgrade in home or car.
I suspect that people have long believed that we could look at a person’s accomplishments and possessions and even, perhaps especially, the circumstances of their lives over which they have no control and say: they are blessed.
But Jesus taught the opposite.
Jesus showed up one day on a hillside and told people that they were blessed.
He looked at them and said: I see you.
I see you who are poor in sprit.
I see you who are grieving.
I see you who feel powerless.
I see you who are starving for a more just world.
I see you who stand in the middle and seek peace.
I see you who feel like the world is against you for just doing what is right.
I see you.
Jesus went to the people who were unseen, who were marginalized, who have been left out of the blessings of the world and he called them blessed.
They were the ones blessed by the actual physical presence of God himself.
Jesus stepped out of heaven to be with them and brought heaven to them.
And I think that’s what we’re supposed to do: we’re called to follow Jesus and bring heaven into the world.
- Who do you think Jesus would go to share this message with today?
- Is that who God has placed on your heart to go to?
- Why do we often look at this as a list of ways to exclude rather a list to live up to ourselves?
- Are you willing to be wrong?
(Image: The Sea of Galilee and Capernaum viewed from the Church Of The Beatitudes, Israel, Photo 135415859 © Philippians44 | Dreamstime.com)