SOTM: The Meek

INTRO

  1. There are 2 ways of understanding the beatitudes
  2. Lord, help me to cultivate a willingness to be…
  3. This is how God works. 
  4. Luke 17:20 observed, here, there, midst

PROBLEM

  1. Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.  Meek gentle humble
  2. Survival of the fittest. Early bird gets the worm. The only thing the meek get is left behind.
  3. Fretting is what we do when our plans don’t seem to be working out. 
  4. we begin to control > make us more miserable and fretful.

GOD

  1. Here’s the context. The life that God blesses is the life that he uses.
  2. Jesus often demonstrated meekness. 
    1. Palm Sunday > feet washing > Gethsemane
    2. Matthew 11:28-30. Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

APPLICATION

  1. We are afraid that we’ll end up the losers in the end.
  2. The paradoxical – meekness = strength 
  3. God always gives what’s best to those who leave the choice to him

VISION

  1. there is no salt of the earth or light of the world, beatitudes, written and found within your life.
  2. As a teenager, I would walk by and whisper, “Water off a duck’s back, Mom.” She came to understand my code—Let it go; Grandma doesn’t mean anything by it, and we know you’re a good wife and mother—and my whispers usually helped. But now I wish I had known to say, “Roll it onto God, Mom.”
  3. world is a better place when I roll it off my shoulders and into his hands.
  4. to inherit something is to be rightly related to the person who has it

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