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What makes for a really great life? Can everyone access it? Or is it built upon limited resources available to the privileged few?

According to Jesus, the truly blessed life lies within reach of all people. Why? Because it arises out of what we already possess, namely our ability to choose how we will act. Here’s a partial list:

“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). When we seek to bless another’s life, whether through sharing our resources, sacrificing our time, offering a word of encouragement, or fulfilling a need, we are the one who experiences the greater blessing.

“Blessed are the merciful, because they will receive mercy” (Matthew 5:7). Although it may not be easy in some circumstances, is being merciful to others beyond our reach if we desire it? Of course not. We can choose to extend mercy to those who have offended us, who move too slow, who demand too much of our time, and so forth. After we reflect upon just how much mercy we need from God and from others, it is easier to extend this grace to others as well.

Jesus said, “Blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me” (Matthew 11:6). Because Jesus sought to please God foremost, he faithfully presented God’s message. Sometimes people have viewed his teachings as offensive to their own ideals. We will live a blessed life if we embrace, not bristle at him and his words.

The list goes on. The point is, the blessed life according to Jesus lies within reach of each one of us. What a wonderful God we serve. In the wisdom of his economy, everyone has access to living well. What a wonderful God we serve.

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Barry Newton

Married to his wonderful wife Sofia and a former missionary in Brazil, Barry enjoys trying to express old truths in fresh ways. They are the parents of two young men.

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