Opinions abound on how best to handle the current health and economy situation. Of course, this concerns us all differently; but we are all participants and to use the catch-cry, “We are all in this together”. One thing we all share though concerns our attitudes and disposition; here, again, we are all participants as we rub shoulders together and perhaps use social media (that is 1.5 meters apart!!)
Sitting at the feet of Jesus this morning, we hear him say, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Now meek does not mean weak, nor doormat. NEB uses the word gentle. Similar in Matthew 11:28 Jesus is described as “meek and lowly in heart” (KJV) while other translations use “gentle and humble in heart” (NIV). So Jesus is described as being meek and we understand this as we see how Jesus is portrayed in the Scriptures.
Such blessedness, as the Beatitude pronounces, comes as a result of being emptied of self (Poverty of spirit), mourning this poverty and allowing God to begin to fill the vacuum with his virtue befitting his Kingdom. We are assured that it is the meek as such who, “will inherit the earth”. (take some time to read Psalm 37)
When faced with life situations above the ordinary, when one is tested, our character and attitudes are tested and placed on show. Now fear not if cracks and fault lines appear; none of us are perfect (yet). But, to listen to Jesus and allow him to speak his words. In fact, Meekness is a disposition in itself to allow Jesus to so speak that we would listen and hear.
Moses is described as, “…a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.” (Numbers 12:3) This is the same man when faced with the monumental task of leading the Exodus said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” God’s answer, “….I will be with you…” (Ex 3:11) The rest is history. Great leadership and being on the forefront can be accomplished in meekness.
Trusting God in our own life situation and opportunities. Blessed are the meek.
Meekness is not only a place we find ourselves in position to receive from God but also a virtue and disposition amongst ourselves. The Apostle Paul instructs: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus…” (Phil 2:1-11)
I read a story this week of a fellow out shopping. He grabbed the last two tins of Baked Beans from the shelf to the dismay from the person behind. He turned and said, “Would you like one?” Such simple, spur of the moment, everyday life situations . . . “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
HYMN: May the mind of Christ my Saviour live in me from day to day, by his love and power controlling, all I do and say. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtyhyoPVIos
PRAYER: Our gracious Father, we bow the head and bend the knee before you: our God and our Saviour. We thank you anew for this day, another brand new day. Indeed, this is the day that you have made and your provision of our daily needs we are thankful for.
In these strange and eventful days may the mind of Christ enliven us to trust and to desire your Kingdom values; to discard the old and to put on the new in increasing measure. We pray your merciful hand to be upon us, upon your Church universal and upon the peoples of our world. Lead us now into this day through Christ our Lord…AMEN
– Kevin Carlson