Word of the Week: Blessed

Bible.Cross“Headlines” is a Jay Leno feature on the Tonight Show.  In that segment he features newspaper headlines, advertisements,  classified ads and stories that have misspellings, unfortunate word choices or just funny lines.

In one Tonight Show bit several years ago was this item from the lost-and-found column of a Midwestern newspaper:

“Lost dog–brown fur, some missing due to mange, blind in one eye, deaf, lame leg due to recent traffic accident, slightly arthritic. Goes by the name of ‘Lucky.'”

Often we speak of being “lucky.”  We say, “It was my lucky day.”  Or we speak of our “lucky number” or some “lucky” ritual.  Someone is successful and we say “he’s so lucky.”

The reality is this.  We are blessed.  Thanks to Pat of Kansas City who suggested “blessed” as the word of the week.

The word literally means “to speak well of.” When used in reference to God it has to do with praising Him.  Celebrating His greatness. Acknowledging His goodness. However it is also used “to invoke blessings upon a person.” Jesus said we should, “Bless those who persecute you.”

God, the giver of good gifts, has blessed us all is so many ways.  He blesses the unjust, as well as the just, Jesus taught with sunshine and rain.  Material prosperity.  Physical blessings.  Earthly benefits.  We all enjoy these blessings at the hand of our bountiful Creator.

But Christians are blessed in a special sense. We are the “spiritual seed” of Abraham.   Paul penned, “those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.” (Gal. 3:9).Our spiritual blessedness comes from our relationship with Jesus.  Peter proclaimed, “To you first, God, having raised up His Servant Jesus, sent Him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from your iniquities.  (Acts 3:26).

When we live in the world as Christ desires we live, we enjoy blessings. “Not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”  (1 Pet 3:9)

Our blessing signifies God’s favor. His approval. His commendation.  And as a result we become the privileged recipients of God’s grace.  So Paul would confidently write, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”  (Eph. 1:3)

We enjoy every spiritual blessing.  Why?

Because God is our gracious Father.

Jesus Christ is our Savior.

The Holy Spirit Indwells.

Yes, we are blessed!  We enjoy…

Adoption as God’s children.

Belonging to a great Cause.

Citizenship in the Kingdom.

Comfort in our afflictions.

Forgiveness of sins.

Freedom from guilt.

Fellowship with a church Family

Privilege of prayer.

Purpose for living.

Peace of mind.

Joy of salvation.

Hope of heaven.

And where are these blessings?  In Christ!  Thank God for what Jesus did for us all and for the blessings we enjoy in Him.

Today and this week think about your blessings.  And remember this.  As Christians, we are not lucky.  We are blessed!

–Ken Weliever, The Preacherman

Exercise: Think this week how you are blessed by being in Christ.  What are some blessings you enjoy?

Request: If you have a suggestion for a Bible word, to be featured in Monday’s blog, I would love to hear from you.

4 Comments

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4 responses to “Word of the Week: Blessed

  1. Pamela Riddick, Lilac Rd. Church of Christ, Leitchfield, KY

    My suggestion for a Bible word of the week would be “Truth”, or maybe another form of the word. Thank You!! Really enjoyed “Blessed” post.

  2. Shirley Akin

    Have always “cringed” at the word “lucky”…..Blessed or fortunate is much better choice. Thanks, Ken!

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