In Sunday School classes, they called these the Beatitudes [read: Be-Attitudes] and they can be found in Matthew chapter 5 verses 1 to 12. In your personal study time, I highly recommend meditating/studying these in the Amplified Classic Bible version because of how it breaks down the meaning of each declaration of blessedness.
In this post, however, “it’s the remix to Beatitudes” *rapped to R. Kelly’s ignition remix beat* [Say sum’n, I dare ya! ].
Anyhooo, I first came across this “remix” at the 2015 Hillsong Colour Conference when Pastor Bobbie read them out in her sermon from The Message Bible and I was sold:
- You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. When you’ve done all you know to do and it still doesnt work out, that is always a good time to finally step aside and let God *cracks knuckles* do His thang! Now repeat after me: All of You God, none of me. All of You God, none of me.
- You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. When it all comes crashing down as it occasionally does, it’s okay to cry to God and pour out how you really feel: hurt, betrayed, disappointed, in last place, like a failure. If you never experience low moments, then you’ll never know how lifting God’s hugs really are. Oh, you didn’t know? Mhmm, He gives the best hugs!
- You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. Show me one person who has mastered this type of contentment and I’ll conclude that Jesus has returned. While mastery is a continuous struggle, you can get better at seeing yourself the way God sees you that you may realise that though you had dismissed yourself as ordinary, boring and just plain normal, you are in fact extraordinary and perfect to God because of the very purpose He created you to achieve. Do you even know who you are, beloved of God?
- You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat. It’s hard to explain in human terms but when you find yourself yearning more and more for God, there’s an unexplainable satisfaction that no food or drink can ever bring. It doesn’t leave you bloated or bursting for the loo but it’ll have you floating on cloud 9 like you just found out the best piece of news ever. It’s a pure joy that NOTHING in this world can ever bring. I dunno man, you gotta find this one for yourself to understand.
- You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for. Care about your community, family, world, a particular cause, the less privileged in society, the excluded, the maligned, the sick, the poor. All you gotta do is care – care enough to take action that benefits another. I’ve always believed that if I go about being a blessing to others where I can, God automatically takes care of my own needs by raising helpers for me and making necessary provision as required. Now, imagine if everyone was being a blessing to someone else – such a beautiful cycle means no one is actually left un-catered for. God is smart, y’know!
- You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. From first hand experience, this is a beautiful experience. There’s no one method for getting your inside world put right but when you find it, you’ll know because you begin to see people just as God sees them: broken but not beyond repair, so far gone but not beyond redemption, appears unlovable but needs God’s love the most. Should I go on? Fact is, when you have truly embraced the finished works of Christ for yourself, it becomes difficult to see another person struggle through life not knowing that Jesus is waiting for them to lay their burdens down at His feet so He can carry it for them while they experience the most abundant life.
- You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family. This is quiet confidence in who God says you are. If you know and believe that He calls you loved, redeemed, worth dying for and with great purpose for His kingdom then you should find it increasingly easy to be at peace with others and a peacemaker between others because you know that the Body of Christ can only progress if there is no division, but synergy between all parts working just as they should in their own line of God-given calling.
- You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble. Not throwing shade but many of us modern Christians know nothing about persecution. In fact, what many of us call persecution is an assumption that bad things are happening to us because we are Christians when in fact we may just be facing trials that are applicable to everybody. But really, are people putting you down or taking jabs or lying against you or making it clear you’re unwelcome in their midst clearly because you are a Jesus-believing, Gospel-sharing, born-again, Holy Spirit led, intolerant of sin, love-spreading Christian? Then congratulations, you’re representing God well and Heaven celebrates you!
So what do you think? Are you going to make a decision today to walk on this earth as one who believes they are supremely blessed? Try it and if it doesn’t work, I’ll give you your money back 🙂
Stay blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions),