Blessed Are You
In our society, using the word "blessed" has become a way to brag about your life. It has been the go-to term for someone who wants to brag about something good that happened. "I put a dollar in the vending machine for a package of Little Debbie donuts and two packages fell" #blessed. "I hit my lucky dozen purchases at Starbucks; got my $6.00 coffee drink for free" #blessed. "My child scored the winning goal" #blessed. "I got rock star parking at the store" #blessed. You see, the word "blessing" has been reduced to a social media brag.
But Jesus tells us something different about what it means to be blessed. Jesus said, “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me” (Matthew 5:11). Imagine what those social media brags would look like. "I just got called all kinds of horrible names because I claimed Jesus as my Lord and Savior" #blessed. "I was telling somebody about the love of Jesus and they spit on me" #blessed. "I just got punched in the face for Jesus" #blessed. So, let me ask you, would you “rejoice and be glad” (Matt. 5:12) when somebody insults you? Would being persecuted make you "rejoice and be glad"? Would you "rejoice and be glad" when a person speaks all kinds of evil against you? Would you feel blessed because these things were done to you?
You see, being blessed just isn't about being lucky or having good things happen to you. Being blessed is about sacrifice; it is about standing up for something in this world, when the world tells you it’s wrong. Are you willing to be blessed?