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True Blessedness

“We’re so blessed.”

I’ve heard it more times then I can count. And it’s usually very sincere. The comment is often said in Christian circles as relates to how their family is doing, how their health is, how much money and possession they have, how nice their house is or how many physical conveninces they have in their life.
But is that what it really means to be “blessed”?
Let’s look at what Jesus said about being blessed…

“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him,
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,
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.
Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.”
Matthew 5:3-12 (NLT)

So this is true blessedness. I have a suspicion that if some of these things happened to us comfortable believers here in the western church, we wouldn’t claim “we’re blessed” but we’d cry “this isn’t fair!”
Blessedness has nothing to do with our possessions or comforts… It’s about our heart position in relation to God and others. When our hearts (and therefore our actions and words) are right with God, he “blesses” us in a way that transcends the physical world we see, although the physical can definitely be affected by it.
Often when people say they are blessed, what they really mean is that they are privileged. Those of us living in the modern world truly are privileged. We live a much more advanced quality of life than most of the 7 billion people alive today. But let’s not get “privilege” confused with blessedness.
And let’s not let that privilege go to our heads.
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable.
Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment.
Tell them to use their money to do good.

They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.
1 Timothy 6:1-19 (NLT)