“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5
Let me be a little kinder; Let me be a little blinder,
To the faults of those about me; Let me praise a little more.
Let me be when I am weary, Just a little bit more cheery;
Think a little more of others, And a little less of me.
Above are just a few lines from a youth song I remember being song when I was a boy. It was titled Less Of Me and it sings like a prayer for God to make us less focused on ourselves and more focused on the needs and the considerations of others.
Today’s focus text stands as a sobering warning for those who would set out to follow in the footsteps of Christ. You will in this journey face many who would oppose your forward progress. What you have chosen stands in direct contradiction to their long established goals and expectations, and they will resist and fight against any change the Holy Spirit will bring into your life. But the greatest, the most cunning, the most difficult for you to resist and overcome of all these enemies is yourself.
We’ve all heard people say, “I’m my own worst enemy.” In the spiritual life this is doubly true.
The apostle John warns us in his first epistle that Satan, when he tempts us, will tempt us with what we already desire.
I’ve observed that most of the time when a person commits or recommits their life to God that for a few days, perhaps even a few weeks, Satan will appear to leave them alone. He’ll let them grow and begin to become confident in their new found faith, and then he’ll begin to subtly undermine their reliance on God. Bible study time shifts from being a time for deepening their connection to our Heavenly Father and mostly about learning truth. Prayer time stops being about having a personal, intimate conversation with God and becomes mostly about presenting their list of needs and requests. Mixed in with this diluting of their connection to God is a spirit of rejoicing in the knowledge and strength they’ve gained. All this is carefully calculated to blind the seeker to their own vulnerability, to make them over confident in their own ability to stand in their place as a Christian, and to set them up for a fall.
This is why Jesus says, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
When we first came to Christ it was with the knowledge that we are nothing without him. He is the giver of our value, he is the author of our success, he is the originator of our praise, and he is the source of our strength. It’s only as we in meekness continue to remember these realities everyday that we will be able to continue to be blessed and to grow in the grace of Christ.