Blessed are…

Everyone has heard the Beatitudes. “Blessed are….. ” The New Living Translation makes them easier for us to understand, I think, and pay special attention to verse 16b:

  “(3) God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. (4) God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. (5) God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth. (6) God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied. (7) God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. (8) God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. (9) God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. (10) God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.  ….(16) In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” – Matthew 5:3‭-‬10‭, ‬16 NLT

It is obvious to me that God intends for us to remain humble – to do whatever good we are able, whether it is through time or money order prayer – and above all else, to glorify Him. The praise and Honor of this world need to be shrugged off of ourselves, and all of the glory pointed to our Lord. I just got a shirt that has a graphic saying “I Stand for the Flag and I Kneel for the Cross.” For those of us who are fortunate enough to live in these United States, this is so apt. All Glory to God, and with heartfelt thanks to our armed forces for keeping a country where we can worship as we please!

That privilege extends to responsibility. As Luke says “…. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required.” – Luke 12:48b NLT

I may be struggling financially, but I am indeed greatly blessed. That puts me squarely into the “someone has been given much” category.  Where do you fit in? 

(All scriptures quoted from

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