How are you? How many times does someone ask you that question? What is your reply? Is it the standard answer, “Fine” even when you feel anything but fine? I’ve often eyed with curiosity those who answered, “Blessed”, not because I am not blessed but because I wondered what it really meant. Did it mean the day was going as planned with no bad news? Or did it mean something more? It has taken me long enough for me to understand but now I know.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”
“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”
“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”
“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you…
for great is your reward in heaven.” Matthew 5:3-12
So, how are you? Your answer is your testimony of the work of God in you, the statement of your new birthright. It is your opportunity to confess the Christ who lives in you, loves you and died for you. Me? I am blessed and pray you are, too. It’s worth repeating.