Each year Baruch Senior Ministries has a theme. This year’s theme is the Beatitudes (a condition or statement of blessedness) as recorded in Matthew 5:3-12:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
The Beatitudes: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
In the world’s view, meekness would make someone unlikely to succeed. The ones likely to “inherit the earth” are those who have strength, power, and aggression—they are definitely not gentle nor meek. These individuals have a craving for power and money and will push whoever gets in the way.
But according to Matthew 5:5, it is the meek who are blessed, for they shall inherit the earth. The best example of meekness is in the life of Jesus Christ. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30: “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light (ASV).”
Though Jesus was believed to be an earthly king who would conquer the evil and oppressive Roman government and lead the Jewish people to victory, He lived His life here on earth in meekness to His sacrificial death on the cross, so that we may be part of His Heavenly Kingdom.
When putting on Christ’s garment of gentleness and meekness, we have deep peace within us, and we recognize Christ’s desire for us to become like Him in every way. I would rather have an inward peace that the Holy Spirit provides than to own many worldly possessions. Jesus is the Bread of Life (John 6:35) who provides everything that I need in life, so I need not worry, push, nor fight for earthly power and possessions.
May you be blessed and have a deep sense of Christ’s presence in your life by praying, remaining in God’s Word, and by practicing Christ’s meekness.