Every week at our church we have something transitional in the order of service. It’s a short exhortation that helps us transition from our occupation with the secular, and focus our thoughts on the sacred. Various elders and aspiring leaders are given the opportunity to present these, and I’ve included one below.
by Ryan Hodson
Since the Fall of Adam and Eve in the garden, mankind has been fighting for possession of the earth. History is full of kings and nations and armies who have sought to take land from others. Many were not content to conquer their neighbors only, but rather the whole world. Alexander the Great, the Roman Empire, Napoleon Bonaparte. All these had vast armies that conquered nation after nation. But eventually, they were beaten back, and someone else took their place.
Christ tells his disciples that it is not the conquerors, it is not the generals, it is not the proud of heart that shall inherit the earth, but the meek, the gentle, the humble, and therefore they are blessed. You see again and again throughout Scripture that the Lord resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.
Those who would seek to take from the hand of God, shall not have. Those who have nothing, and know they have nothing, but simply humble their hearts in meekness, to them God gives everything.
Jesus Christ was the most meek man who ever lived. Although he was God, he humbled himself by becoming man and by dying an excruciating death for crimes he did not commit. Therefore, God has highly exalted him!
So it is with the believer. The fastest way up to blessing is down in repentance and humility. If we approach God with pride, arrogance, and boasting, we shall not find him. But if we lower ourselves, he will give us all things, and one day we shall even rule over the earth with Christ.
Let us this morning as we approach the Lord in worship, do so with hearts of meekness, confessing that we bring nothing but are in need of everything.