"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart" ...... Matthew 11 v 29
I was drawn towards this scripture the other week and I am a great fan of dictionaries and thesaurus and looked up the word meek. Interestingly enough this word that Jesus describes himself as also means non-militant.
I was really surprised at this it isn't a word I would have put with meek but I can see quite clearly what Jesus was saying. When Jesus speaks of the two edged sword coming out of His mouth the picture of it might even be quite scary and violent.
As I walked my dog this morning contemplating so many things at this time, so much is happening around me. An enormous spiritual battle which the LORD has likened to wresting with the Levithian another name for satan. It is fierce and yes very frightening at times. But I received a revelation the other day and the LORD knew I would need it. It was that I was literally standing on the ROCK OF AGES. I felt it. The power of the LORD which was secure and stable and peaceful too.
The power of the LORD is not the power of this world. Jesus crushed all principalities, dominions, thrones with the cross. The simple crucifixtion, the blood of Jesus and calvary. It is so simple that it beggars belief. The humility of Christ reduces the pride of satan to ashes, though for a season his saints suffer at the hands so that we might be tested in our faith and that we lean on the ROCK OF AGES in all things at the expense sometimes of leaving others behind. For the call is to follow Jesus and no-one else. It might be that we do not see our beloved saints until much later for now it is important to go where Jesus calls us to go and to do the things He wants of us even again at the expense of anyone even the dear saints we love.
When Peter enquired of Jesus asking about what about so and so..... Jesus replied, "Follow me". It is very important not to put man first. Jesus has to become first in everything even if we don't understand it.
So going back to the word meek this also means to be obedient, unprotesting and unambitious. Anything ambitious for the glory of man will be stripped away in the first, the refiners fire. Our call is to a peaceable life in all humility and yes non-militant. Jesus' power is not of this world. His power is much greater. His Word created the Earth and the Heavens. His Word goes forth and does not come back void but will accomplish all that He desires. Our position is by faith alone. We may not understand at this point in time what is going on but we have to trust. On this trust is going back to basics which seems to have been forgotten. It is the cross of calvary, the blood shed for our sins. God is no respector of persons, he loves each one of us. "For we have all sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God".... it is a humbling reminder that we are no different, the differences are the choices we make concerning this word.
Jesus humbled himself and made a spectacle of everything upon the earth and above it, of all principalities, dominions and thrones in heaven and earth. How? By dying on the cross, suffering, the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Nothing else was good enough.
Truly Jesus is enough. There is only Jesus, nothing else is of any value at all. Just the blood shed on the cross of Jesus. So simple yet so hard as we try to complicate and make this wonderful gift null and void.