Luke and The Lost
“Count your many blessings, name them one by one” so the old hymn goes. I remember this song as one of my mom’s favorite songs. It had a great alto tag that built a beautiful harmony in the chorus. But what does “being blessed” mean? How deep do we go? What are we counting?
Jesus has the answer. (He always does!) He explains being blessed well…
Luke 6, The Message
17-21 Coming down off the mountain with them, he stood on a plain surrounded by disciples, and was soon joined by a huge congregation from all over Judea and Jerusalem, even from the seaside towns of Tyre and Sidon. They had come both to hear him and to be cured of their ailments. Those disturbed by evil spirits were healed. Everyone was trying to touch him—so much energy surging from him, so many people healed! Then he spoke:
You’re blessed when you’ve lost it all.
God’s kingdom is there for the finding.
You’re blessed when you’re ravenously hungry.
Then you’re ready for the Messianic meal.
You’re blessed when the tears flow freely.
Joy comes with the morning.
22-23 “Count yourself blessed every time someone cuts you down or throws you out, every time someone smears or blackens your name to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and that that person is uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—skip like a lamb, if you like!—for even though they don’t like it, I do . . . and all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company; my preachers and witnesses have always been treated like this.
What do we learn?
We are blessed when God has us right where He wants us…humbly repentant, fully committed, determinedly devoted, and tenaciously trusting in Him with all that is in us.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Counting…and still counting. We ARE blessed! Because You live in us. Tears are only for a little while until we realize Who You are once again. I am Your servant. I am listening.
In Jesus Name, Amen