Pastor Mark Jeske
The third Beatitude gets no respect. “Blessed are the meek? Yeah, right.”
The meek are roadkill in high school hallways, district attorneys’ offices, and Hollywood. If you want to sell books, build a career, get famous, win tournaments, or get wealthy, you’ve got to put yourself forward, destroy your competition, go on the attack, take no prisoners, take no ____ from anybody, right?
Well, hold on a minute. Does anybody care what Jesus thinks? “An argument started among the disciples as to which of them would be the greatest. Jesus, knowing their thoughts, took a little child and had him stand beside him. . . . ‘He who is least among you all—he is the greatest’” (Luke 9:46-48). Jesus not only talked about humble service; he lived it. He exemplified it. He found greater joy in bringing benefit to others than in bringing comfort and attention to himself.
What is it about a small child that Jesus found so compelling? Maybe it’s that small children let others go first or know that they are supposed to be quiet and listen or that they need help to succeed. The more people are full of themselves, the emptier they are of God’s Spirit. The more people obsess about their agendas, the less interest they have in God’s. Tell me something—whose approval do you most crave? Your peers’? The media’s?
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