Thursday, March 31, 2011

Christianity and Happiness 101: Breaking Down the Beatitudes Pt. 3

I am prefacing this post by saying God wants His people to be happy. Yes, He wants to save your soul, and yes He wants you to serve Him. But there are rewards. And one of those is happiness.

Also, I am glad that I have something of a readership. I am still looking for other Christians who would be willing to contribute by writing. And if you are blessed by this, share it. If it makes you think, respond. Or both.

Matthew 5:5

"Blessed are the meek,

For they will inherit the earth."


If you are on this post, you should know the meaning of blessed from post #1.

But if you don't feel like catching up, it is an objective state of happiness which comes from the grace of God.


Anyway, meekness.

Pretty much every time I hear any pastor speak about meekness, they preface with something like this. "You probably have always heard the word 'meek' and thought it meant weak. But it is not that." Then they go on with what they have to say.

The best description of meekness I have heard is "power under control."

So is meekness weakness? Nope. It is acknowledging the power and strength you have, but not abusing it.

It is being strong yet gentle; powerful but submissive.

Like a horse allowing somebody to harness it and put a bit in its mouth.


So lets just go crazy here, and ask the question, What does meekness look like in practice.
Jesus said
"For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve."


So for me, being meek looks like doing the dishes at my house even when I have been gone for the weekend and I did not contribute to the mess. It looks like giving my lunch to the guy on the bus who said he was hungry. It looks like letting somebody I do not particularly like make a decision about a matter of preference, submitting even when I could have my way.


God has given us power. As His children, co-heirs with Christ, we are members of a royal family, but God is calling us not to mount on pristine steeds, crusading from a position of superiority, but to get down in the dirt, in the muck of the world and wash feet.

We need to find people who are hurt, broken, sick and in need. Then meet those needs physically and spiritually.

That is why I feel personally called to do ministry in poor urban areas. Because God has called us to be ambassadors. And as much as the suburban housewives and professionals need Jesus, the hungry and the poor accept that they need Him that much more.


Back to the scripture breakdown.

"For they will inherit the earth."


So they, the meek, will inherit.

What is inheritance?

It can be something we receive when an ancestor dies, but it can also mean to receive a legacy or to gain something as a right.


What is the earth?

It is a planet, on which humans live, that God created. It is your home and mine.

Earth is everything we know and love, it is our very reality while we live and breathe.

And God is offering us the deed.


It's like when your dad gives you a car. Except instead of a car, He is giving you the keys to the whole world. He does that because even though He has given you privilege, you have showed Him self-control and a servant's heart.

He says, "Hey you, I love you. I adopted you. And you have proven yourself trustworthy. So take the keys. The world is yours."

Its not so you can do anything you want for yourself.

It is so you will do everything you can for others.

When you do well with little, He gives you more.

And never forget, God is in total control, and His kingdom includes every inch of earth.

Which is why He can give us access.


How to be Happy

Step 1: Be humble, receive power and responsibility.

Step 2: Be broken, accept the gift of the Holy Spirit for comfort.

Step 3: Be submissive, gain access to the tools you need for service.


Questions to Ponder or Respond to.

In what ways can you be meek in your everyday life?

How has God given you your inheritance, i.e., the earth?


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