Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.
He said: …
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
- Matthew 5:1-2, 5
“It is not your high-spirited, quick-tempered men who will put up with no insults – your bullying, lofty one who are always ready to resent any real or imagined disrespect. There is no blessing here for them. But blessed are the humble, those who are ready to be thought nothing of.”
- Charles H. Spurgeon, from his sermon notes
I would ask Rev. Spurgeon, a little exemption to the rule, maybe. What if you wanted to do as the old sergeant said, but you were hiding from the bully at the time? What did the old sergeant say? “It’s time fellows to kick [a term used to describe people’s backsides or bottoms, as the saying goes] and take names.” Sure, we have all had our moments of wanting to not be meek, if meekness is your go-to move. And I am sure that the bully has found someone who was bigger than he/she was, and they cowered in meekness once. Goliath never cowered, but David taught him, for just a second before death, that he probably should have tried meekness once.
I thought of a recent panel discussion on the Christian channel on television, that I have mentioned before. The pastor who looked like a former athlete talked about how his children would not be interested in all his past trophies of accomplishment. So, he threw his trophies away, saving his children from having to do it. But why keep them in the first place? Why do we keep mementos of past accomplishments? Do we need to remind ourselves that we have made a mark in the history of histories (as Kevin Blackistone might put it)?
We seem to be blindly running along a tightrope. On one side is the need to let our grandchildren know that we have accomplished something, you come from good stock, and you need to accomplish something, too. On the other side of that tightrope, we are humbled before our Lord, knowing that all we could ever do is nothing in comparison to what Jesus has already done. We cannot save ourselves, and as we pass over the river, what else, among our accomplishments, is important?
The truth is that if I could leave one message with my grandchildren, it would be a combination of both. As humans, we must accomplish something outside ourselves for the betterment of mankind, but at the same time realize that we are nothing other than Jesus Christ who dwells within us.
With the inspiration to write a little “Thought on” style message for the “poor in spirit,” I thought that I would continue through the Beatitudes.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.