I often hear statements such as, “I am so blessed to have three healthy children!” or “I received the promotion that I’ve been waiting for…I feel so blessed!” or “We just bought the home of our dreams. We are incredibly blessed!” or “We are blessed to live in such comfort, freedom, and opportunity”? But what happens when our current situations say otherwise, are we no longer blessed? So many have used the word blessed to indicate financial success, comfort, etc. which is not wrong, but we as believers need to know what it truly means to be blessed.
The word blessed or blessing is mentioned oftentimes in the bible and many times, none of it is connected to material blessings or comfort. It is used either to praise, speak well of a person, which is “Barak” in the Greek, or to be fortunate, favored, happy which is “Makarios” in the Greek or “Eudaemonia” meaning human flourishing which is similar to Makarios.
Our study word is Makarios which means to be happy, to be fully satisfied. Looking at the following scriptures (Matt 5:3-11, Luke 11:28, Rom 4:7, James 1:12, Rev 14:13, Rev 19:9, James 1:12, Acts 26:2), we see how the word blessed was used and it had nothing to do with materialism or perfect circumstances rather, It is connected with service, trials, persecutions or the spiritual benefits of being joined by faith in Christ Jesus.
Rev 3: 15-19 “I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent”.
Unfortunately, many of us have fallen victim to this perception as well and this has presented a problem for believers who falls short of the blessed life they expected. It is time that we anchor our selves in what is true rather than what we see. we need to reframe our thinking to view our circumstances through the eyes of the incredible blessings and assurances we have in Christ, or else we will quickly question God’s goodness and love when certain benefits seem to fall on everyone but us. We are blessed because we are persecuted, forgiven, righteous, have the holy spirit, in one in spirit with Christ, peacemakers, meek, pure in heart, reviled for the sake of the gospel. This is our blessedness.