My Spiritual Pet Peeve: “We are so blessed.”

One of my big spiritual pet peeves right now is when Christians say things like: “We just had such a great beach vacation. We are so blessed.”

No. You are fortunate. You should be thankful. You should acknowledge what a great vacation you had and what a luxury it is to have such an experience. You should be GRATEFUL.

But for something to be true, its inverse must also be true.

And by proclaiming your beach vacation a “blessing” what you’re saying is “My good circumstances are evidence of God’s blessing on my life.”

The inverse of which would be, “My difficult circumstances are evidence of God withholding his blessing … or of God’s curse on my life.”

And for a follower of Jesus, this has no scriptural truth whatsoever.

In fact, THIS is what God considers worthy of His “blessing” –

“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.

11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.

Matthew 5:1-12 (NLT)

So, when you are relating something positive that’s happened or going on, please don’t Christianize it by calling it a “blessing.” Instead, say something like, “We just had such a great beach vacation. We are really thankful for that time together!”

And, when you are claiming God’s blessing, or you are asking for God’s blessing, understand that the process of being “blessed” is going to be a whole life’s journey that includes:

  • realizing our utter need for Him
  • mourning
  • being humbled and learning humility
  • hungering and thirsting for justice
  • being merciful
  • having a pure heart
  • working for peace
  • being persecuted
  • being mocked
  • being lied about and having evil things said about you

In short, to ask for and expect to receive God’s blessing is to surrender YOUR life and YOUR heart and YOUR will to Him to be made more and more like that of Jesus, who fully embodied each of those things.

And, why in the world would someone want that?

Because, I expect God’s true blessing is more abundantly beautiful and wonderful than any “good circumstances” I could possibly imagine or ask for here on earth, for God promises “a great reward awaits you in heaven.”

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