Characteristics of the Kingdom: Blessed

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I am amazed at the things that we can grow accustomed to. Even when things are horrible, we can adapt and adjust, even viewing them as normal. Or when things are going well, we can believe that the good circumstances are going to last forever so we grow complacent. Whether we tend to focus on the bad or become complacent with the good, it’s very easy for us to ignore or forget all the blessings in our lives.

2020, as we all know, has been a trying, heart-breaking, and gut-wrenching year. But it’s really forced me to look at my life more deeply than I have before. I have been keenly aware of just how blessed I am, something that I have easily overlooked in the past. This has been a horrific year, yet I am more aware of how blessed I am than ever before. What about you?

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3-10 (NIV)

When reading through this list of traits, “blessed” isn’t the word that I would use, and yet, according to Jesus, that’s exactly what we are. What I’ve missed before in reading these verses is that we’re not blessed because of what we’re going through. What I’m learning is that the blessing attached to each of these promises is Jesus.

When we are depleted, Jesus welcomes us in.
When we grieve, the Holy Spirit comforts us.
When we choose to be last, we are following in his footsteps.
When we seek God, we find him; and mercy begets mercy.
As we draw near to him, he draws near to us.
When we spend time with him we will become like him and share him with the world.
And when we choose to lose our lives, we end up gaining infinitely more; we end up gaining Jesus.

I tend to think of “being blessed” in times when things are good, but the truth is that as children of God, we are blessed no matter how the circumstances look. I wonder how our lives could change if we lived from the truth that we are blessed, not because of outward circumstances or what we do, but because of our secure position as God’s children. Because we are citizens of Heaven and ambassadors of the Kingdom, we can be confident in God’s truth and his promises that we are blessed.

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Romans 8:31-32 (NIV)

God has given us the greatest gift—himself—let’s live like it today!

Do you take time to think about the blessings in your life?

How have you seen Jesus’s presence as a blessing?

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