It's the bane of Twitter and Instagram. People, generally white girls if I'm being completely honest, use this hashtag for pretty much anything they enjoy.
"Just got a new pair of Ugg boots! #blessed"
"My boyfriend made me breakfast this morning. Isn't he amazing? #blessed"
"Oh my gosh, I just got a free fat free skim latte at Starbucks. #blessed #free #awesome #soblessed #lovecoffee #coffeeaddict"
Okay, enough with the sterotypes. My point is, we use the term "blessed" for so many things these days, it's difficult to get to the correct meaning. Does it just mean good things will happen to you? Does it just get used when you're happy? If you use Twitter as your standard of information (don't do that) then yes, you probably think that's how the word should be used. But there is a difference between a blessing and #blessed.
You get a blessing every time you go to church. Except you probably don't always notice. It hides under the alias "benediction," and you're probably gathering your things and putting on your coat when the pastor is giving it to you. It's at the end of the service, when you're just thankful pastor's sermon was only 20 minutes today, not the usual 30, because you're hungry and the game is on and you have friends coming over that night so you need to clean the house. It usually goes something like this: "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace." - Numbers 6:24-26
There are benedictions everywhere in the Bible, where God blesses his people. They usually take the form above: Go with God. He is with you. He will give you peace.
Notice how it says nothing about how many things you will get. Nor does it say you'll always be happy. Blessings simply promise that wherever you go, the God of Peace is with you.
My favorite benediction comes from Hebrews 13:20-21.
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
There is so much in this simple benediction. May the God of peace - there is that reassurance of who your faith is in. Through the blood of the eternal covenant - grace and love, embodied in Jesus. Brought back from the dead - Jesus is alive, and therefore you are alive. He is your Shepherd, and you are his sheep. Equip you with everything good for doing his will - God will give you the heart, the tools, and the resources to carry out his work. Whatever is pleasing to him, he will work out through your life.
We were saved by the blood of Jesus. But we were saved for more than just the fact of being saved. We were saved for a purpose: to go with God through life, allowing him to work in us to do good, giving the glory to Jesus. This one benediction is the Gospel, but it's also a Call. It's a commission - you have been saved, now tell the world through your actions and words.
And how can we not? We have experienced something life-changing. We have been redeemed. How can we not let that change our lives, especially when God is with us?
We are Called to share and show Jesus to the world. How can you share and show Jesus in your life today?