Friday, April 03, 2009

blessedness

In Scripture, being blessed is far beyond being happy. Happiness is a gift from God, though when people are happy it may be misplaced, and often is in this fallen world. Yet there are a good number of gifts given to humans that bring happiness that are good, and of course from God.

Blessedness carries us toward God's great and good end in Jesus and so it goes beyond happiness. Though it certainly does not exclude happiness, or the good gifts God gives to all. But it does bring its challenges and challenge, because to be blessed by God means to be in covenant with God, and to be different: in, but not of this world. It not only anticipates the world to come, but it actually is, or consists of the world to come, even in this world. So it's a blessedness not of this world, but breaking into it, in God's kingdom present in Jesus.

Of course blessedness began prior to Jesus among God's covenant people Israel, and actually to all who responded to God by grace through faith prior to that.

Blessedness! I love it, and I am afraid of it. But in Jesus along with others, I want to embrace it and live in it, and live it out, through Jesus by the Spirit in this world.

Any thoughts on this?

6 comments:

nAncY said...

i was just thinking about living it out this morning. i was having thoughts of wondering if i believe enough to live it out. i pray for enough grace to carry me.

many people look at what they project their future could hold and it does not look happy or wonderful, but, perhaps we can look at it as being blessed.

maybe we can embrace it and live it out, through Jesus by the Holy
Spirit of the almighty God in a world where truth is not always easy to see.

i pray that God will carry you and your wife through this life by HIS abundant peace and Grace.

preacherman said...

Wonderful thoughts Ted. I love the word blessedness. I strongly believe that each one of us should be a blessing to others. I thank God everyday for His blessedness. What would I do without it?

Thank again brother.
I hope you have a great weekend.

Lanny said...

Got the first sentence barely read when AMEN popped out!

Ted M. Gossard said...

Thanks, Nancy. I'm grateful to God that he gives us grace in insight and desire to seek to live in him with all that requires. A calling beyond us, but that means we're ever cast on him!

Ted M. Gossard said...

Preacherman,
Good to hear from you on this blog again! Thanks so much. Hope you are feeling better.

Ted M. Gossard said...

Lanny, Yes. Amen!