WHAT IS A blessed life? And how do you live it?

A blessed life is a life that’s been endowed with God’s favor and blessing.  Why are some blessed and others not? Why do some of His children live lives that are especially blessed and others do not?

If I placed two cups on the edge of a well one upside down and the other right side up then if I lifted up a bucket of water drawn from the well and held it over the two cups. “The blessing,” then poured the water over the two cups, then I lifted the upside-down cup and turned it right side up. It is, of course, empty.


The blessing was poured out on both cups, but only one is filled with the blessing. The other is empty. Both were blessed . . . and yet only one is blessed. You see, there are two parts to being blessed and living a blessed life. You see, it is not just the giving of the blessing that was crucial, but the receiving. And so, there are two parts to a blessed life. Most people focus only on the one; they want the blessings to be given to them. But they miss the other part.

But who is the one who is blessed? The one who receives the blessing.

You see, the blessing has already been given. It’s here. It’s pouring out from the wells of salvation, the wells of Messiah’s redemption. But who is the one who is blessed? The one who receives the blessing. And who is the one whose life is especially blessed? The one who especially receives the blessing, the one who values it so much that they will go to any length to receive it. So if you want to live an especially blessed life, then make it your aim to become especially great at receiving the blessings of God, and doing whatever you have to do to receive them. For a blessed life is not merely the life that has been blessed . . . it is the life that has received it.

The blessings of God are pouring down.
Open your heart and life to receive them.
Focus on receiving that which is already given.

Genesis 27:15-29

15 Then Rebekah took the best clothes of Esau her older son, which she had in the house, and put them on her younger son Jacob. 16 She also covered his hands and the smooth part of his neck with the goatskins. 17 Then she handed to her son Jacob the tasty food and the bread she had made.

18 He went to his father and said, “My father.”

“Yes, my son,” he answered. “Who is it?”

19 Jacob said to his father, “I am Esau your firstborn. I have done as you told me. Please sit up and eat some of my game, so that you may give me your blessing.”

20 Isaac asked his son, “How did you find it so quickly, my son?”

“The Lord your God gave me success,” he replied.

21 Then Isaac said to Jacob, “Come near so I can touch you, my son, to know whether you really are my son Esau or not.”

22 Jacob went close to his father Isaac, who touched him and said, “The voice is the voice of Jacob, but the hands are the hands of Esau.” 23 He did not recognize him, for his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he proceeded to bless him. 24 “Are you really my son Esau?” he asked.

“I am,” he replied.

25 Then he said, “My son, bring me some of your game to eat, so that I may give you my blessing.”

Jacob brought it to him and he ate; and he brought some wine and he drank. 26 Then his father Isaac said to him, “Come here, my son, and kiss me.”

27 So he went to him and kissed him. When Isaac caught the smell of his clothes, he blessed him and said,

“Ah, the smell of my son
    is like the smell of a field
    that the Lord has blessed.
28 May God give you heaven’s dew
    and earth’s richness—
    an abundance of grain and new wine.
29 May nations serve you
    and peoples bow down to you.
Be lord over your brothers,
    and may the sons of your mother bow down to you.
May those who curse you be cursed
    and those who bless you be blessed.”

Ephesians 1:3-20

Praise for Spiritual Blessings in Christ

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.

11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

Thanksgiving and Prayer

15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,