• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Lent — Day 31 — Blessed


“Blessed (happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous—possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of their outward conditions) are the pure in heart, for they shall see God!” Matthew 5:8 AMP

Of all the things I’ve heard people say, I don’t believe I’ve ever heard anyone seriously say, “Please don’t bless me any more, I’m way too blessed already.” Everyone wants to be blessed in the fullest measure of its meaning. The Amplified translation renders the word this way.

Blessed — happy, enviably fortunate, and spiritually prosperous—possessing the happiness produced by the experience of God’s favor and especially conditioned by the revelation of His grace, regardless of [ones] outward conditions.

Blessed is God’s intended, natural state of being of His people, and all who know, acknowledge and follow after Him in obedience to His Word, fulfilling His purpose and plan for their lives, are richly blessed indeed. But, it does not stop there. That we are blessed is sure evidence that we are also to be a blessing. In this we imitate God. He blesses us and we get to bless others in His name.

We all know how to bless others with gifts, with things, with the abundance of our material goods and wealth. But did you ever consider that God created you, your very self, also to be a blessing as well? Your presence filled with the love of God, the light of His Word, the knowledge of His ways and the power of His Spirit working in and through you is a blessing ready to be given at anytime.

There are certainly many opportunities to be generous with our human resources, but there are just as many opportunities to be generous with our being, that is, with our words, our confession of faith in acts of kindness and compassion, our warm embraces, our laughter and our tears, our encouragement and our exhortation, our applause, our peaceful, cheerful countenance, our decisive stand for truth, justice and the right, our time, our talents, our companionship and our shared experiences of common purpose with others in Christ and our witness of His grace in us to those who have not known Him yet.

We are carriers of the greatest gift and blessing of all time. God in us, Jesus Christ our Lord, God our Father and the Holy Spirit our Comforter, Teacher, Baptizer and the Power to fulfill God’s purpose in our lives.

“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you [with abundant increase of favors] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others].” Genesis 12:2 AMP


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