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#blessed

At Kids church we’ve been looking at the Life of Jesus. This week we focused on the Sermon on the Mount. Specifically the RADICAL statements Jesus made around being blessed. 

As I went around the room and asked each child what it meant to them to be blessed, they rattled off a list of typical blessings: a home, a family, new kicks and friends, and this got me thinking. 

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Our world is dominated by social media, where we update virtual strangers on our lives, underscored by hash tags and filters. Believe me, I’m right there with you! I was challenged by my own instagram worthy photos (#blessed). 

Living Blessed

When I think of being blessed my mind immediately starts to list all the physical, earthly blessings that the Lord has ‘blessed’ me with: My husband, my children, our home, our work, our health…. and the list goes on. These things have earthly significance. We’ve achieved. We’ve attained. We matter. We have significance.

However, when those things become our measurement of success, then our significance is limited to those things.

As Jesus does, he completely flips our worldly perspective on blessing. Jesus was saying those things don’t matter. They don’t carry eternal significance. Our earthly performance doesn’t determine our heavenly value. 

Therefore, our significance is found in Him and those qualities that define the character of Christ.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:3-12:

“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.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

As we look to pursue the lovely in our lives, to cultivate those things that are true, pure and praiseworthy (phillipians 4:8), I want to challenge you today to remove the ‘filters’ you’ve placed over your #blessed lives. I want to challenge you to pursue the God whose ‘love is better than life’ (Psalm 63:3).

Anything we could ever accomplish pales in significance compared to the love and significance that our heavenly Father brings.

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