“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.”
Nowadays we seem to only hear the word meek in the context of little baby kitties. We don’t hear it used too much anymore. Webster’s dictionary has 3 definitions of meek. They are
“1 : enduring injury with patience and without resentment : MILD
2 : deficient in spirit and courage : SUBMISSIVE
3 : not violent or strong : MODERATE”
And while Psalm 37:11 talks about the poor inheriting the land, land that is that means Israel. in this context, the land, means the Kingdom of God. My little 10 week old kitty at home is not meek. She’s anything but these definitions. And as a result, she’s not very likely to inherit anything but me except my wrath.
However, we should be asking ourselves and looking inward on ourselves about if we are meek. To what end are we enduring for the Lord? Enduring what exactly? Are there people around us that make fun of our faith? That attack our faith? Do we attack the religious beliefs of others only to make ourselves feel better about what we are doing in our lives? When people persecute our beliefs do we hold a grudge over that? If they are, you could very well be doing something right.
It takes a humble woman to admit when they are wrong. It takes a more humble man to admit he’s lost and needs directions. And it takes a very deeply humble sinner to admit what they are doing or what they did is wrong and offensive to God. To admit that they are deficient and need God’s grace to help them overcome. They need God’s grace which is sufficient. No matter what we do as human beings, we aren’t getting to Heaven on our own. The only place we can end up going on our own is Hell. Getting there is easy. We can only get to Heaven through Jesus.
Lastly, these days extremism is everywhere. We live in a polarized world. Yes there is absolute right and absolute wrong. I don’t think it’s prudent to abandon a soul to win a battle of words. It’s more important to develop a relationship with someone that can lead them to Christ than it is to simply be right. That was a hard lesson that I had to learn a few years ago. On one extreme we have very good and zealous faithful Christians that want to lead people to Christ, but if you don’t do it their way, and live their way, they are not going to associate themselves with you…even if you are family. At the very opposite of the spectrum you have universalists that believe everyone is going to heaven and that it’s important to develop relationships but for the sake of peace and harmony we should let everyone do their own thing. Jesus corrected people when they needed correcting. It was up to them if they chose to follow. God put’s people in our lives to correct us, just like he want’s us to correct others. But we have free will. If they choose to not correct themselves then it’s on them. We can be strong in our beliefs, but we can’t force people to believe what we do. We can share, we can testify, and we can live our beliefs. We can’t make the world believe in them. To force is to not love, and it’s not in charity.
All of this moves us closer to God.