God’s Upside-down Kingdom - Step 3
“…for they shall inherit the earth.” Matt 5:5
Some Christians are of the opinion that the earth really does not matter. That God is going to destroy it and start over somewhere down the line, and so who wants to inherit something that is going to be “rolled up as a scroll,” and tossed away? What kind of promise is this?
Bad Form! That whole attitude is bad from start to finish. As if somehow God gave us a disposable earth that we should just use up? Not a great attitude. Lets consider a couple things from the word.
“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.” Psalm 24:1, 1 Cor 10:26 & 28)
“…the whole earth is full of His glory.” Isaiah 6:3
It would appear that the Father places a priority on the earth, and if our Father thinks it is valuable, that needs to factor into our thinking. In fact, we should let God’s values inform all our values, don’t you think?
So what does it mean to inherit the earth? If we think back to our two meek men, Moses and Jesus, there are we see men with a special relationship to creation. Moses (in response to instructions from God) holds out a rod and splits the Red Sea in two and the entire nation of Israel walks through on dry ground! Interesting. In fact each of the ten plagues that torment Egypt come from the throne of God, but through the hands of this meek man.
Jesus, our other example of a man submitted to the will of the Father also lives without the normal earthly limitations. He walks on water, calms raging storms, and feeds multitudes with a boy’s lunch! Again, I understand that these things were done by our Father, and according to Jesus, He did not do these things of His own power or authority, but by the “finger of God.”
I am wondering about my life now. If I submit to the will and voice of our Father in my life, what can I expect? I’ll tell you one thing; it should not be church as usual! I am thinking that as I bow my knee to the Lordship of Jesus in my life, and listen intently for His voice for my direction, I will begin to see the works that He (Jesus) did (see John 14:12) in my life, and even greater works. That may explain what Paul was talking about when he said; “The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed.” Romans 8:19
I implore you to seek the face of the Lord and listen for His voice in your life. Begin to meditate on His Word day and night, and align your life to His word. This is what it means to be meek, and the promise is off the charts!