BLESSED ARE THE MEEK…

…for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5). Really? Put a cash value on that. I think Jesus is talking about the future new earth, as it was created before the fall. No weeds, no aggressive animals killing others, beauty beyond what we have ever seen but imagined. Multiplied trillions. And just for being meek?

What is meekness? It is

  • Not controlling others but controlling yourself
  • Thinking the best during the worst
  • Bottom up rather than top down
  • Using words to encourage rather than to discourage
  • Good news rather than just good advice

Why is meekness rewarded in such a phenomenal way? Because we are being like Jesus, who was meek. He said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28,29). Some folks add to our load just by our being in their presence. It is all about them, their goals, their struggles. It’s hard to relax with them. You get tired just listening. They make statements rather than asking questions. They don’t know much, but they want you to think they do. They give easy answers, as if you should be doing better.

Not Jesus. You breathe easy. You come away refreshed. He is lifting you out of the hole, not making you feel like an idiot for falling in. He “restores your soul.” His words are gentle, not abrasive. He knows how difficult a place the world can be and how much you need rest. He doesn’t make assumptions; he just knows. The burdens he gives are actually easy to handle.

Someone who is not the Good Shepherd might have said instead, “Blessed are the ambitious, those who go for it, the successful, those who make it to the top.” And some would have said, “I doubt if that’s me.” Jesus goes after the broken, the tired, the disappointed, the burdened. His words are anything but condemning–they are inviting. We say, “He knows me. He knows what I am going through. And he doesn’t offer advice, then send me away. He gives me rest, knowing that life has made me tired. And he knows that I need soul rest, not just a good nap. He gives me rest within. He quiets the voice of accusation inside and out that says I am a loser. He doesn’t tell me I should be trying harder. He gives me his yoke, so we walk together, and he shoulders most of the load.

People that are meek like Jesus are a pleasure to be around. And they have a great future. God sees how they are living, is pleased, and will reward them a million-fold. So live for what is not yet–and you will be gloriously happy. How “Blessed are the meek…”

 

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One comment on “BLESSED ARE THE MEEK…

  1. Karolus J. says:

    Amen, praise the Lord 🙏🙌❤️

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