Matthew 5:3

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

#Blessed is a popular hashtag on Instagram and twitter. People will post it under a picture of food, family, friends, and anything else that is a “blessing” in their life. Don’t get me wrong, it is definitely a blessing to have a solid family and a solid group of friends, but the beatitudes give us another look at the meaning, blessed.

I found myself recently saying, “Man, God has really been blessing me lately. God is good! He is really taking care of me right now.” Hold up… Isn’t God ALWAYS good? Isn’t God CONSTANTLY blessing us? Isn’t He ALWAYS taking care of us? If you’re unsure, the answer is yes! If you read further on in chapter 5 of Matthew, you’ll see God explaining what I am talking about a little more.

Blessed are the poor, the mourning, the meek, those who hungry, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers, the persecuted, the insulted. Uhm what?! Hey Jesus, don’t mean to interrupt you, but I think you have a typo here. I’m not #blessed if I am poor! Or when I am mourning, meek, and hungry! I am blessed when I am eating food. A blessing is people loving me, not hating me. Jesus are you sure you got this right?

He’s sure. Trust me. We read more into these verses and see these words: the kingdom of heaven, comforted, inherit the earth, filled, shown mercy, see God, children of God, kingdom of heaven, reward in heaven. We have an EARTHLY mindset of the definition of being blessed. God has a HEAVENLY mindset of the definition of blessed. Jesus knows what it is like to walk on earth. He knows the temptations and the struggles of worldly things.

I want to encourage you with this. Jesus wants to change your definition of blessed. He wants you to see everything as a blessing. Remember, God is always working for your good and the good of those around you (Romans 8:28). Seeing life in this positive light can help us begin to see everything as a blessing because of Jesus.

What areas of my life are blessed that I am not seeing?

How can I show others how blessed they truly are?

Dear Lord, thank you for giving us a new lens to see life through, Your lens. A lens that shakes up the norm and that gives us new life. You are so good and we are so undeserving. We love you so much! Amen.

Have a great weekend!

C. Lyman

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