GO DOWN TO GO UP!
Verse for Today: Wednesday, April 06, 2011
Matthew 5:5 - Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
We live in a world which thinks that meekness is weakness. They don't realize that meekness is power under control. They consider pride and arrogance as important virtues and challenge people to stand up for their rights and privileges. They train themselves in self esteem. They encourage themselves to be more and more assertive in their relationships and in getting what belongs to them. They learn to use different techniques to manipulate situations so that they can get what they want. But such attitude of pride has led the world to be a place of competition and conflicts. The more success people find through fights and competition, the more they are inclined to fight to gain what they want. But these atrocities for possessions and positions lead their lives to be a perennial battleground. Pride often makes slaves out of people. But the Lord Jesus Christ taught a life of meekness. He set the best example of a person who lived in great humility. He showed humility by giving up His heavenly privileges as God to come down to save His enemies like us. The Bible gives us the example of humble people like Moses who never retaliated or took revenge even under severe pressure. The Lord Jesus Christ was so humble as to wash the feet of His disciples, even though He was God. He showed that leadership was to become servants. A meek person voluntarily gives up his rights and privileges and lives without complaining and grumbling. Such people are able to find joy and true blessedness in being humble. They follow their Lord who became humble in this world to save their souls.
Dear friend, are you being challenged by the proud people who are around you? Are they taking away what belongs to you? Are you forced to give up your privileges, positions and possessions? It is a great privilege to willingly and voluntarily give up what you will definitely loose in life. When you do that, perhaps people will say that you are not smart and capable, and cannot assert and show your strength. But when you are wronged, it is your ability to keep your power under control that makes you humble. Perhaps the people around might say that if you give up all that you have for the sake of peace and for practicing humility, you will become a pauper in this world. But if you are wiling to loose what belongs to you, the Lord will give you great inheritance which will never be lost. We are clearly taught by the Bible that it will be impossible to receive the blessings of God unless a person is meek. Meekness will lead a person to be broken before God about one's own depravity and sinfulness. Meekness will only lead one to be under the full control of the Holy Spirit and to be filled with the power of God. Meek people will look like losers in this world, but they gain great spiritual blessings and inheritances in heaven. When they give up what truly belongs to them, their hearts will be filled with true blessedness. They will be willing to give up great opportunities in this world to gain great recognition in heaven. When they are willing to give up recognition in this world, they will be recognized by the Lord in the presence of angels. Meekness should never make us sorry for being meek, but will help us to praise God for helping us to be meek. This is the path of the cross and the way to Calvary Road which will lead us to the alter where our selves will be submitted as reasonable sacrifices of worship to the Lord who became the true sacrificial lamb for us. This is the way to true happiness for those who are willing to genuinely practice humility.
1 Peter 5:6 - Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time.
Thought for Today
When we are truly meek before God, we would have no difficulty to be meek before man also.
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