I Have Been Blessed

Brooke

This morning I woke up in a comfortable bed, next to my husband. My two dogs were on their beds and our cat was snuggled up next to me purring. As I lay there slowly awaking to this day, I thanked the Lord for the blessing of these things…
   Comfort,
          warmth,
                pets that bring joy,
                         a husband who loves and leads me,
                                           a home for us to live in,
                                                            a great night’s sleep.

As I think back to this morning and my prayers of thanksgiving, I’m now asking myself, “what if I didn’t have these things, would I still consider myself blessed?”

This month on the Transform Blog we’ll be walking you through the Beatitudes found in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5. It’s our prayer that this month you will come on this journey with us and find what TRUE blessing is in this life. It’s amazing how Christ just lays it all out before us in such a simple clear way.

When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
“Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you. –Matthew 5:1-12

Obviously, the blessing that Christ lists out in his Sermon is far deeper than the blessings I was listing off this morning. So, now I have to stop and ask myself, “What is Christ getting at here? Who is this blessed person?”

 As a team, we here at Transform have been working our way through the 40 minute study “Turning Your Heart Toward God” and in that study we learned that the Greek word for blessed is makarious. Here is how this study defines blessed,

It is sometimes translated as happy, but it carries a much deeper meaning. In English the idea of being happy is based on favorable circumstances. But to be blessed is to possess the favor of God. It is a state of being defined by fullness and satisfaction from God. To be blessed is to be walking in the fullness of God regardless of circumstances.

Okay, stop and re reread that definition again!

Blessed = possessing favor of God
Blessed = being defined by fullness and satisfaction from God
Blessed = walking in the fullness of God regardless of circumstances
Blessed = MORE THAN happiness

So, as a child of God, if I had awakened this morning to disaster, heartache, loneliness, poverty, and loss, could I still thank God for the blessing? What is it that truly defines me as BLESSED?

Take a look at the following verses and let me know what you see!

How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit in the seat of scoffers!
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night. –Psalm 1:1-2

How blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven,
Whose sin is covered!
How blessed is the man to whom the Lord does not impute iniquity,
And in whose spirit there is no deceit! –Psalm 32:1-2

O taste and see that the Lord is good;
How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him! –Psalm 34:8

How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You
To dwell in Your courts.
We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,
Your holy temple
. – Psalm 65:4

Read through these verses again and look at the underlined portions. What does the Psalmist seem to put His well-being in? Does His blessing seem to be built around the things of this earth, or does he seem to dig deeper?

I pray, that this month the Lord will show each us how blessed a child of God truly is! Not the life that WE think is blessed, but the life that the Lord Himself defines as blessed! Be sure to check back in each Monday and Friday to join us on this journey to discover favor, fullness, satisfaction regardless of circumstances! 

Brooke Ritterbush
Director of Transform Student Ministries

 

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