This is the beginning of the greatest sermon ever preached by the greatest preacher ever. Jesus responds to the crowds by positioning Himself on a mountainside and beginning to teach. He goes down a list of those who are blessed. He uses language like "blessed are the poor in spirit, the meek, and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness”. He even says that we are blessed when we are persecuted, insulted, and falsely accused because of Him.
The language Jesus uses to describe those who are blessed is in contrast to what we normally think of when we hear that word. A more common occurrence for us today is to is to update our Facebook status with something like “Check out my new car #blessed” or “I love my family #BLESSED”.
Jesus’ words should challenge our perspective. Not to say that nice things and family we love are not a blessing. They are! But, according to Jesus the scope of what we see as “blessed” is far more broad than perhaps we realize. Have you ever walked away from a day of mourning thinking about how blessed you are? When we properly align our perspective on the “blessed life” with Jesus' words, it gives a far greater appreciation for the moment we don’t feel blessed but still are.
God thank you for Jesus! Today I pray that You would align my heart with Yours. Show the areas of my life that are beyond blessed in ways I am overlooking. Teach me to see blessings through Your eyes and not my own understanding. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen!