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Blessed are the Meek

Matthew 5:5 says, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Humility, that’s what meekness is. Blessed are the humble, the mild.

We’ve already seen that those who are poor in spirit get the kingdom, and now we see that those who are meek get the earth. It’s quite an inheritance! It’s opposite than they way the world thinks—it values exercising our own power, abilities, and gifts. Our culture calls us to be self-assured and aggressive, possessing and marketing ourselves to get what we want. Meekness? Hardly.

It troubles me to watch TV, especially the reality shows. I see the people getting increasingly arrogant, damaging, and heartless toward each other. I thought it was safe to watch the Food Network, but now there are competitions between people who are going to cook. When they are interviewed, it’s all about winning and beating the other people. Where’s humility?

We live in this American Idol world where everybody looks great and gets a vote and a voice. It’s an attitude that says, “I’m better than anybody else,” and it’s absolutely contrary to the nature of Jesus Christ. I’m terrified that we are in “sheep mode” as we watch it and let it wash all over us. The residue of it seeps into our hearts and, even though we know better, it gets us thinking that we are somebody and we deserve more, too.

Jesus says something different. He says, “You want the kingdom? Admit that you are broken. You want to inherit the earth? Be humble.” You cannot be your own miracle. You cannot get yourself that kind of inheritance. You humble yourself into that kind of inheritance, and it’s totally different than what the world says.

Steve Berger is Pastor of Grace Chapel, Leipers Fork, TN. He is the author of Have Heart: Bridging the Gap Between Heaven and Earth and a number of Bible study resources.

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