The fact that I cannot see the hashtag “blessed” without assuming it’s sarcastic certainly says something about me, but it also says something about us. This tag is applied to sincere posts that express gratitude for the provision of God, but it is most frequently attached to posts implying that God cares about things like parking spaces and their location relative to the front door of a retail establishment. Almost always these posts, sarcastic or otherwise imply that being #blessed means that things are going our way, that God has tipped the cosmic balance in our direction.
The fact remains that many of us have no idea what real blessing is.
In the beginning of Jesus’ most famous sermon (Matthew 5-7) there is a list of those that Jesus considers to be #blessed, and his list is markedly different than the list most of us would make. Blessed are the poor, the mourning, the meek, the hungry and thirsty, merciful, the pure, the peacemakers, and the persecuted… most of these circumstances seem like categories to avoid, yet Jesus says these are the marks of blessing. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be walking through these blessing statements together. I hope you’ll join us, and follow along on the podcast if you miss a week. Read the words of Jesus for yourself too, here’s to hoping you have a #blessed week.