Saturday, January 28, 2012

STRENGTH IN MEEKNESS


By:  Blackaby

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” - Matthew 5:5

Generation of comic strip fans knew the inside scoop on Superman, even though the citizens of Metropolis were unaware of it. The startling truth was this: meek and mild Clark Kent was really Superman in a very thin, but apparently convincing disguise that consisted of a pair of eyeglasses. Clark Kent was meek, but he certainly wasn’t weak. In fact, he went to great lengths to hide the superhuman power behind those spectacles. 

What did Jesus mean when he said the meek will inherit the earth? He meant those who surrender their lives to the control of the Holy Spirit will experience God’s matchless power working in their lives.

This is beatitude number three in the eight steps toward spiritually maturity as outlined by Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount. This is the point in your spiritual climb when your life will start to look like Christ. Through the power of God’s Holy Spirit, you’ll have the ability to forgive others, which takes a much stronger character than getting revenge. You’ll have the moral strength to overcome temptation. You’ll have the self control to resist your own sinful inclinations. Your life will be defined by strength, not insecurity. That’s what Jesus meant by meekness. 

Jesus himself provided the ultimate demonstration of meekness. Though he was the Son of God, he willingly surrendered himself to his enemies in order to save the human race from its own destruction. The irony is heavy: his tormentors mocked him for lacking the power to come down from the cross (Mark 15:30), but Jesus showed infinitely more strength by remaining on the cross rather than crying out to his Father to rescue him from its horror. That’s meekness.

People may try to convince you Christianity is fine for weaklings, and strong people don’t need God. They have no idea what true strength is! Trusting in Jesus doesn’t sap your strength; it empowers you in ways you’d never experience without Christ (Luke 9:1)! Don’t be reluctant to let the Holy Spirit control your life. A Spirit-controlled life is evidence that you know Christ and that you’re growing more and more like him.

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” - Matthew 5:5

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