Jesus begins every statement with “Blessed are…” The New Testament was written in Greek, and the word for “Blessed” is “Makarioi.”
Makarioi was used of the Greek gods at one time to describe people who had it so good that they didn’t have to work. Later, it came to mean people whom John Fogerty would call a “fortunate son,” people who were born with silver spoons in their mouths, who were the lucky ones.
Jesus teaches that where God is working in the world people who are poor in spirit are really the fortunate ones. People who mourn are the lucky ones. People who are humble have silver spoons in their mouths. People who are merciful have it made in the shade. People who are pure in heart are the rich ones. People who make peace are living on easy street. People who are persecuted for doing the right thing are actually the fortunate ones.
In God’s kingdom the common values of our world are reversed. God rewards those who suffer and make the world a better place… even if it doesn’t appear to be that way now.
Do you see your circumstances the way Jesus sees them? Are you really one of the lucky ones and haven’t yet realized it? Don’t live another day without knowing that you have a rich dad. Your Heavenly Father makes you one of the lucky ones.