Not What it Seems

Blessed-AreOne of the things that we see with faith, is that things aren’t always what they seem. What looks to be good sometimes isn’t. Think temptation. It looks so good, and well, tempting, but in the end is a very bad thing.

And likewise, things that look to be awful and terrible can, in the end, turn out to be very good things. It’s those things that can cause us to grow and become more faithful.

It’s in the times of trial that our faith becomes real to us, and we better become the people that God needs us, created us to become.

Things aren’t always what they seem. Listen to what Jesus tells us in Luke 6: 20-26. These are words that you’ve heard before, but listen like you’ve never heard them:

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. “Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

Nothing here that He promised us or told us would be “good” is good, in our eyes. Jesus tells us that we are blessed when we are poor in spirit. When we are hungry. When we weep. When we are hated.

Why? Why would these awful things make us feel as though we are blessed? Why would these terrible things seem good?

Because great is our reward in heaven.

This world is not our home. This world is not our home. This world is not home.

Hear me friends, this world is not our home.

We were made for something better. We were made for something that is truly life. Something that can’t be taken or corrupted or destroyed.

We are made for our true home. Remember that today. This world is not your home. You are made for a better place.

Keep your eye on that. Live today. Laugh. Love. Serve. Enjoy every sacred moment that God gives you. Enjoy it all. Drink it all in.

But this world is not your home. Don’t be satisfied with the earthly, when the eternal awaits.

Remember, when things are tough, this too shall pass. Something better is coming. Hold on. Don’t give up. Keep the faith.

You were made for more than this. And blessed will we be when we remember that.

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