Rev. Dr. Delesslyn A. Kennebrew, J.D., M.Div. - Visionary Strategist  Faithful Innovator  Inspirational Essayist
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Now, Jesus, Why Would I Want That? Matthew 5:5

Now, Jesus, Why Would I want THAT? #bloggingontheGO Matthew 5:5 NIV Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. LISTEN NOW!!! GREETINGS!!! BlogFam, I admit that I have struggled with the meaning of this verse. And since this is our space, I feel safe enough to tell you that the very first question that came to my mind was WHY? Why in the world would anybody - meek or proud, humble or arrogant - want to inherit this earth? Why would the Lord make it a point to talk about inheriting the earth when He just talked about the kingdom of God in the previous verse? Why would Jesus make this earth the object of our inheritance? I guess I just thought that was so far beneath what He had already spoken that it did not sit well with me. Friends, why would anyone want to inherit this earth? Jesus, why would I want that? This earth is full of hatred and confusion, arrogance and perversion. There are homeless and hungry men and women, boys and girls all over the earth. There are criminals, gangbangers, drug dealers, and crooked preachers and politicians in this earth. I do not know why Jesus would want anyone to inherit poverty and pollution, illiteracy and incest, promiscuity and prejudice. Why would anyone want to inherit this earth? Besides, can the meek really handle this kind of inheritance? I just did not get it! Why would Jesus say something like that? It just makes no sense. This earth is messed up and I do not know why one who loves us so much would desire for us to inherit this mess..... but then I had to pause and think and pray, BlogFam. Because I believe in His love for all of us, I have been really thinking and praying...meditating on this verse for a few days and I know that what I will share is not all there is but I believe it is helpful. Because of His love for us, I had to believe and I had a deep sense of hope that the earth as we see it and know it and experience it in this reality could not be all that Jesus meant. In other words what is the divine purpose of This Beatitude? Matthew 5:5 NIV Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Now let me stop you right there before you think I am about to give you some deep revelation about the meaning and the practical points of application related to this verse. At this juncture, the best understanding I have is this... Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. This Beatitude is not about the fortune and fame or the horror and shame we so readily identify in the earth. But I believe that it is still related to the Kingdom of God. Our inheritance is most aligned with the favor of GOD that rests upon the lives of those who Love Him and as we are transformed by the love of God within, we meekly, humbly, patiently will reject the ills of the earth that may provoke us or incite anger within us or irritate us with a mind focused to inspire others with Gods love shown through us and thereby, by the power of God, they will say YES to Him. We do not inherit the earth for what the earth has to offer. But we inherit the lost souls of the earth because of what God has to offer through those who are meek. This is probably the one missing key to lessons on evangelism. We do not bully people into believing in God. We do not abuse our authority as servants of the Most High and insult or ridicule people into believing in God. We do not pride-fully punish those whose hearts are far from God by withholding God's love, care, justice, and concern from them. No! We inherit the earth.... we see conversion... we see renewal... we see transformation in the earth as we model for the earth the love and humility of Christ Jesus our Lord. This is our inheritance, the conversion of men and women, boys and girls, into disciples of Jesus Christ. Friends, Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. The meek will pray that the whole earth will come into a loving relationship with Jesus Christ. The meek will not be intimidated by the twisted priorities of those in power but will humbly let their light shine as a testimony to those who do not know the way. The meek will not incite others to anger but will genuinely love those who would attempt to do so. The meek will walk in the favor of GOD and with inhabitants of this earth. The meek are able to witness in such a way that the earth will hear their voice and appreciate their wisdom. The meek are open to serving the earth and allowing God to meet the needs of the earth through their service as willing vessels for the sake of the Kingdom. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. I no longer have to wonder WHY. I realize that in order for the Kingdom of God to reign on earth, the representatives of the Kingdom must be different from the picture I had in mind. It's not about the symptoms I named that paint this ugly picture of earth, but its about the souls on the earth in need of redemption so that the symptoms we see will not be. And we must seek the transformation of lives through love. Love is meek and the truth is that we are truly blessed when we love people into a loving relationship with God through Jesus Christ. And one by one we inherit the earth for the Kingdom of God. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. GOD LOVES YOU AND I DO TOO!!! Blessings, Delesslyn FOLLOW on Twitter @AudraSunshine and @SpiritedConcept SUBSCRIBE to get regular blog emailed updates and LISTEN to Kids Korner Radio Program ONLINE every Sunday evening 4:15C/5:15E at I WRITE BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT!
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