Main Entry: 1 bless.ed
Pronunciation: \ ‘ble – sed \
Definition: bringing pleasure, contentment, or good fortune; enjoying the bliss of heaven
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” (Genesis 1:28)
Being blessed is the state of being someone who brings pleasure to God, is content and experiences good fortune. It is enjoying the bliss of heaven. God wants you to experience a glimpse of heaven while you are here on earth. Jesus says the thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I come that you may have life, and have it to the full. He wants to give you a life that is full of joy and contentment. So how does that happen? What does it look like to be blessed?
Being blessed means that you are being fruitful. God is watering the ground of your life so that it produces life in others; that is the command God gave Adam and Eve as they awoke in the Garden of Eden . . . to be fruitful. Each day God invites us to partner with Him in being fruitful, through allowing our life to bring life to others through a kind word or a meaningful look. Today, when you go to the grocery store, try being a blessing by greeting the cashier, looking them in the eyes and asking, “How are you today?” Then wait to listen for what their day has been like as they scan the items you have purchased. Or I invite you to go visit someone in a hospital or a nursing home and invite them to share their story with you. You will notice that you are being blessed by being a blessing. You will be encouraged as you have sought to encourage someone else. This will be a mutually edifying experience between you and the person that you have sought to bless.
Being blessed also means that you are conquering challenges in your life. That is what it means to subdue; to overcome challenges that present themselves in your life. Blessed people are not void of challenges, but through the power of Christ they are able to overcome challenges that arise in their lives. In Romans 8:37 Paul teaches us that, “in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.”
Through Christ, who loved us, we can conquer the challenge of fear or failure, because we know we are loved. In 1 John 4:18, John reminds us, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect [complete] in love.” When we realize that we are not going to be punished by God if we fail, we can live life free from the fear of failure. Through the love of Christ, we can conquer the challenge of pride or pain, because we realize that our salvation is by grace, and that God will give us grace to endure the pain that comes in our lives. We can conquer the challenge of
disappointment or depression, because Christ loves us and He died to heal us from all our diseases. We can conquer anything that comes in life because Christ loves us fully.
Being blessed is a privilege of being fruitful, as well as being a conqueror through Him who loved us so that we can be a blessing to others. Can you imagine how much you could bless the people in your world when you commit to being fruitful and when you are conquering challenges in your own life? People will be drawn to the power of Christ in your life and seek to be blessed as you are blessed.
Personal Reflection Questions:
- Reflect on the people in your life who you would consider to be blessed. What sets them apart from other people in your life?
- Prior to reading today’s devotional, how would you have defined being blessed? How has your view of being blessed changed today?
- Write down one way you plan to be a blessing to someone else today.
Today’s Prayer: Lord, I want to live a blessed life that brings you pleasure, where I experience contentment and good fortune. I want to have a glimpse of heaven on earth so I pray your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Help me to be a blessing to others today, so through me you can water the ground of their life to produce life in others. Help me to conquer any challenges I experience today without the fear of failure or punishment knowing that I am loved by you.
Statement of Being: Today, I choose to be blessed because Christ has fully loved me!