We often throw around phrases for special occasions (and even out of courtesy) and we don’t even think about what they mean! The big one that came to mind during my Bible reading time today was “Blessings!” or “Bless you!” – Matthew 5:1-12 (you really ought to read it!).
What people generally think of with those words and what the Bible teaches are two very different things! After all, who is REALLY “blessed” anyway? What does “blessing” look like? And finally, who (or perhaps, better “Who”) really is the source of blessing?
I would argue that “blessing” ultimately comes from God – “blessing” is really a “God-thing!
And who is “blessed?” Not those you might imagine based upon the popular view of things: Jesus taught it was, “The poor in Spirit…those who mourn…the meek…those who hunger and thirst for righteousness…the merciful…the pure in heart…the peacemakers…those who are persecuted for righteousness sake… even when others revile you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things against you falsely” because you are a devoted, obedient, follower of Christ!
And what does “blessing” look like? Well, not at all like we often imagine… It’s not necessarily gaining riches, position, power or fame – not even necessarily being healthy… It’s gaining the Kingdom of heaven, being comforted, inheriting the earth, spiritual satisfaction, one day seeing God Himself, being called a “child of God” – even being able to rejoice in persecution when it’s for the right reason!
So here’s the deal… After reading Matthew 5:1-12 (often called the “beatitudes”) in my Bible this morning and reflecting on what Jesus taught there, I paused… and prayed… and told the Lord, “I really don’t care about the popular concept of “blessing!” – I want YOU to be able to bless me, and bless me for the right reasons! I just have a feeling I’ll be reflecting on that for awhile and spending some time seeking to be the kind of person God can bless!