If you are active on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram, you might see this hashtag pop up on your feed from time to time: #blessed. Even if you don’t use social media, you know that we often use the word casually in conversation when someone compliments us on a promotion or when we get a new car. “God has truly blessed us.” But the word ‘blessed’ means so much more than lucky or advantaged. As we get ready to celebrate Thanksgiving, we will spend two weeks discovering what it really means to say we are blessed and what that means for the way we live our lives.
Often, whether or not we feel blessed has everything to do with our circumstances. Sitting on a porch in the morning watching the sun rise with a hot cup of starbucks…#blessed. Just got a great deal on a new pair of shoes from your favorite store…#blessed. Traffic was bad and you were 15 minutes late to work which threw off your whole day… not #blessed. In today’s scripture when a woman calls the mother of Jesus blessed, he responds by clarifying what it means to be truly #blessed. And it doesn’t have anything do with our circumstances. Today we learn what it means to be truly #blessed.
Small Group Questions: Sunday, November 13, 2016
Week 1: Truly #blessed
- In reading Luke 11:27-28 and/or recalling the sermon you listened to, what did you find most interesting or important?
- Why do you think Jesus felt the need to correct this woman who yelled out at him?
- Name a time when you felt blessed. Now name a time when you did not feel blessed. What was the difference?
- If you feel God is blessing you when good things happen, what does it say about those who are going through difficult times? Are you comfortable with that notion?
- How can we remain blessed regardless of our circumstances? What instructions does Jesus give?
Taking the Next Step of Discipleship
It is not our circumstance that causes us to be blessed, it’s what we do as we follow our God in Christ Jesus. This week do the work of justice, reconciliation, forgiveness, hope, and/or love. Do the work of God’s kingdom, the work of a disciple of Jesus Christ. Then and only then use the hashtag, #blessed.