The True Blessing
The longer I live life the more I realize how natural it is to desire things. In our world today we desire
- a healthy family
- a good job with great benefits
- a reliable car
- nice clothes
- a nice body
- the newest cell phone, etc…
As I ponder on my life, I realize how easily I feel blessed because of the things God has given me. We are told to “count our blessings” which usually means we think about the items that I listed above. However, not too long ago, I was preparing a teaching with Aizaiah, and during our prep time we landed on something that truly refreshed my heart. Check this out.
2 “and he (Jesus) began to teach them.
3 God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4 God blesses those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth.
6 God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice (righteousness),
for they will be satisfied.
7 God blesses those who are merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 God blesses those whose hearts are pure,
for they will see God.
9 God blesses those who work for peace,
for they will be called the children of God.
10 God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right,
for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
11 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.12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven…”
Well that wasn’t what I expected?! I thought we were blessed when God provided for our needs, like food, shelter, relationships… But Matthew 5 says that we’re blessed when we’re poor? We’re blessed when we mourn, when we’re humble, when we show mercy?
You see, as you let the passage sink in and as you study what Jesus was trying to say, you realize that your “blessed” life comes from things not seen.
We’re blessed when we realize that without God we have nothing and are nothing. We’re blessed when we cry out to God because of our sin or the sin of others. We’re blessed when we realize that we are not deserving of anything and when we serve others before we serve ourselves. We’re blessed when we hunger and thirst for righteousness because this leads us to the true source of complete satisfaction. We’re blessed when we show mercy to others and when our hearts are completely (and I mean completely) in love with Jesus.
Then to wrap it all up, this passage says we are blessed when people mock us, persecute us, lie about us and gossip about us. In fact, Jesus says to be HAPPY about this! Wow, have you ever thought that out loud before? Someone comes up to you and says, “Hey, this person is talking lies about you.” And you say, “YES! That makes me happy!”
I know that’s sarcastic, but I’m trying to communicate how important it is to understand where our true blessing comes from. It doesn’t come from what people say about us, from what we have or accomplish, it doesn’t even come from an amazing marriage, relationship or family. These reasons would all be selfish.
The true blessing comes from a selfless spirit completely in love with Jesus.
Today, my prayer is that you would know how truly BLESSED you are. God has given you breath in your lungs, he woke you up this morning and he has filled your heart with His spirit so that you could live a blessed life TODAY!
I promise that if you take the time to tell Jesus how much you love him and remember that HE is TRUTH and LOVE you will walk in freedom today knowing that you are BLESSED! Yes, it’s good to appreciate the special things that God has blessed us with… but we are truly blessed because we have Jesus.
The next time you’re reminded to count your blessings remember to count the ONE who makes us blessed. JESUS.
Neddy has been married to Aizaiah Yong for 2 ½ years, and together they lead the Next Gen Ministry at New Life Church in Renton. Neddy also works a part-time job as a Community Team Member at her apartment property where she coordinates weekly community events with the mission of sharing the love of Jesus to her neighbors. She loves to travel, shop, eat chocolate, watch movies, play board games, talk over coffee and loves to organize just about anything!