You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and His rule. (Matthew 5:3) Some say, give a man a little power and you will see his true character. This is the opposite of finding yourself at the end of your rope when you are hanging by a single shred. This is when we are most open for help from a God who never loses sight of his sheep. While in the herd, the sheep tend to blend together. It’s many times the sheep that runs away and gets stuck in the thorns and bushes that requires a rescue from the Great Shepherd. The sheep is at the end of it’s rope. It can no longer help itself. In that case, God swoops in and rescues the sheep from the thorny consequences of self-preservation. This year, align your dreams, your decisions, your path, to what God wants in your life and less with what you want for your life. Ask Him each day how he can use you and look for those opportunities.
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. (Matthew 5:4) Why is someone blessed who lost a close friend, a spouse, a parent, a sibling? How is losing a job or money or family member a blessing? When we have lost something precious, this is another chance to turn to God for help. It is at these “end of the ropes”, and great tragedies, that God uses these opportunities to reveal His great love for us. It is also a time many people are more open to His love. Sadly, most people blame God and run away. In 2015, don’t run from God when you lose. Run to God when you’re lost and He will rescue you. He will give you a life you never knew capable and restore you to a place that is greater than anything you could ever imagine.
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. (Matthew 5:5) It is always interesting to see how many people shop the day after Christmas. It is almost as if we didn’t get enough. The toy list never appears to shrink and we desire even more. The toys given to children collect dust, credit bills pile up, and the cycle continues. Contentment is never easy. People get tummy tucks, and white teeth, and expensive makeup, and new clothes, and new cars and yet they look in the mirror and only see flaws. Commercials and magazines at grocery stores sell the message of what they think true beauty is. God says, just be content in how God made you and you will be blessed. In 2015, we all can work on this very thing. Money will never buy contentment. Beauty will always fade. Contentment will always bring blessing.
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. (Matthew 5:9) You will not be blessed when you start a war with others. You will not be blessed when you gossip about people. You will not be blessed when you compete with all those around you. You will be blessed when you bring peace to a conflict. In 2015, if you want to experience a blessing from God, avoid the temptation to start a war and instead give grace.
God loves us so much. He wants to bless us. We have the recipe for blessing. We just have to practice His message. The mountains will come. The thorns will prick us. We will run and engage in conflict. We will cry at the mirror and cry out at the losses. We, like sheep, are forgetful. We forget the Great Shepherd and His great sacrifice. We make our own rules and enjoy the satisfaction of ourselves. We think of our own greatness ignoring the hurting, the run-aways, the lost in our own war against ourself. Don’t embrace the world’s “rules of combat”, instead embrace the Sermon on the Mount and it’s call to find peace in the one and only true God.