I was excited to receive Glenn Packiam’s latest book, Lucky: How the Kingdom Comes to Unlikely People, along with his newest project, The Kingdom Comes, earlier this year. I’ve just finished reading through the first time and let me tell you it’s a great read!
Glenn Packiam redefines the word lucky in the context of Jesus’ beatitudes in Luke’s Gospel.
Lucky uncovers how the poor, hungry, mourning and persecuted are blessed because the Kingdom of heaven—its fullness, comfort, and reward—is theirs in spite of their condition. This is Christ’s announcement: the Kingdom of God has come to unlikely people.
Like the people Jesus addressed, we are called lucky not because of our pain or brokenness but because in spite of it, we have been invited into the Kingdom. The trajectory of our lives have been altered. What’s more, we now have a part in the future that God is bringing. Like Abraham, we have been blessed to carry blessing, to live as luck-bearers to the unlikely and unlucky.
Glenn dives head first into realigning the concept of “blessed” from the Beatitudes. Using original language to paint a picture of “blessing” being more than just a religious state, we’re taken on a journey through Jesus’ words and the ideas of being fortunate or lucky.
Prepare to be challenged as Glenn tackles topics like poverty, sex trafficking, adultery, missions, and even the factory farming/agriculture system, not often talked about in Western Christian circles.
I love how he paints a beautiful picture of Christ-followers as “luck bearers” – those who bring “luck” to those around them. We are physical examples, literal bringers of good fortune to those who don’t know Christ. I was thoroughly moved and challenged by statements like: “How we treat others, where we buy our food and clothing, the way we vote, and the way we work- must be brought under God’s reign. And that may take on different hues on each individual canvas. We must not stand as anyone’s judge. But each must raise the questions and wrestle through to answers. And then wrestle through again and again until Messiah returns.”
Using stories about friends and their journeys to other countries, Glenn brings the main point home even further. You’ll be stirred and challenged to redefine your notions of “blessed” and encouraged to open yourself up even more to the work of the Holy Spirit to move in and through you to bring “luck” to those around you.