How often do you ask someone how they are doing and you get the response, “I’m blessed”. It seems to have become a standard response for many people, but do they really understand what it means to be blessed?
Recently my husband shared with me that over lunch with a colleague we will call Joe, he was asked a question regarding the use of the response, “I’m blessed.” As a rule when someone asks him how he is doing, or how his day is going Joe replies, “I’m blessed.” But is that an appropriate response? This was his question.
While studying The Beatitudes in Matthew 5:1-12, I found myself pondering the meaning of the word blessed. Of course, being the word geek that I am, you know I just had to look up the meaning of the word!
Blessed in Latin is beatus. It means divine joy and perfect happiness. In Greek blessed is Makarios, and means happy; fortunate; to be envied. So quite obviously, being blessed is all about being happy and joy filled. Often those who live in such a manner are envied. So the definition made sense. However, in studying I found that it goes even deeper than simple happiness and joy, because as children of God, we are different.
Warren Weirsbe in “The Bible Exposition Commentary” wrote, “Blessed implied inner satisfaction and sufficiency that did not depend on outward circumstances for happiness. This is what the Lord offers those who trust Him.”
My conclusion? Being blessed is a condition of the heart. It means that when we are in Christ and filled by the Holy Spirit, we possess an inner satisfaction. We trust the Lord and all that He offers to His children. As a result of our trust, and the contentment that comes because God always provides what we need, we find His provisions sufficient. So in God, and through God we are satisfied. In turn, we are filled with joy and happiness that comes only from a relationship with Jesus Christ.
So how does this impact whether or not Joe should reply he is bless when asked how he is doing? Well, quite simply, as long as he is walking with the Lord, and filled by that joy that comes from a strong, faithful, trusting walk with Jesus, Joe is most definitely blessed. I hope so very much so that the light of Jesus shines brightly through him for all he comes in contact with each day to see. I pray you too walk in joy, happiness and blessings that come only from the Lord each and every day!