“Looking at his disciples, he said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man. “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.”
Luke 6:20-23 NIV
Have you ever looked at your life and said, “Man, my life is a constant blur of struggle!” Sometimes it can seem like there’s just one thing after another. But the one thing you cannot do is to lose sight of the fact that you are more blessed than you think.
Jesus came to a group of oppressed people and brought them good news. They were a marginalized minority that had been down for so long that it looked like up to them. Jesus came to tell them that God was about to flip the script!
- Blessed are the poor. For they shall inherit the Kingdom. For a long time the Kingdom was only accessed by the rich and powerful. Jesus came to implement Deuteronomy 15 where debts were to be released and poverty eradicated. There will be a transfer of wealth from the wicked to the righteous. The Kingdom is now and not yet. God wants us to have our 40 acres down here and walk the streets of gold when we go to heaven.
- Blessed are you who are hungry. For you will be satisfied. The poor of Jesus’ day were often begging for bread. When Jesus performs the miracle to feed five thousand with two fish and five loaves of bread he is pointing to the fact that he is the one that will find a way to feed the hungry. He is also depending on his disciples to be the ones that distribute food to the hungry. It takes about 20 tons of food to feed the poor around the world. Americans throw away about 70 tons. Thank God that Jesus and his disciples still feed the hungry.
- Blessed are those who weep now. For you will laugh. There’s a lot of sadness in this world. Children are being shot in school. Black fathers are being shot 20 times by police in their grandmother’s backyard. But the people are waking up. 800,000 young people marched on Palm Sunday weekend to let the government know that the deaths of young people are no laughing matter and the generation that votes last laughs the loudest.
- Blessed are those who are rejected, insulted, and left out because of Jesus’ Name. It used to bother me when people purposely left me out because my values were different or my gifts were not deemed as strong, but now I rejoice. They weren’t my tribe! I want to be in that number that no man can number. If I remain faithful to Jesus then he will invite me into the crowd that was rejected simply because God didn’t want us to fit.
If you’ve been struggling with your finances, hungry without provision, depressed because of your current situation, or just plain rejected than rejoice! God is about to flip the script to where the last shall be first and the first shall be last. Rejoice! You’re next in line for a miracle!
Help me today to keep the right perspective. I’m already blessed! Thank you for letting me go through what I went through. It made me the person I am today. I’m better than blessed. I owe you my life because it will take the rest of my life to say thank you! Encourage someone today who doesn’t have what they need. Don’t let them give up before they go up.
In Jesus’ Name,