Let’s contrast everything to knowing Jesus, and then treat the world like Jesus is everything and like everything we have is his. Then inherit the earth. This inheritance Jesus is talking about isn’t a payback. It’s about rejoicing in the product of humility…
God blesses those who are humble,
for they will inherit the whole earth. (NLT)
You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought. (MSG)
Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth. (NIV)
I find that when we are humble we don’t expect much. We are content with what we get and and not viewing ourselves as entitled to anything beyond what is in our hands. And we are thankful for what we hold – like it isn’t ours… In that place, some amazing things can happen.
Humility seems to run with thanksgiving. When we take a meek view of ourselves and our position, we can then rejoice in whatever comes our way. It’s more than we thought we deserved.
Those with an open hand hold more than those with a tight grip. Why? Because they hold everything. They don’t just have what is theirs – they enjoy everything. Everywhere.
This dovetails with Jesus saying that the last will be first. You know what? I think they already are. Every time I have been with people who are living in what I would consider to be complete poverty, the people are humble, content, and generous.
It’s counter-intuitive. Maybe you’ve seen it also. People who don’t appear to have two nickels treat you like they are wealthy in terms of their generosity. It all comes from a humility in which they don’t think they are entitled to keep things to themselves.
How liberating to be in that place. I had this weird situation happen earlier today which somehow underscores the point for me. I was driving along in a very rare snow storm for our parts. I came across a city bus which was broken down and out of service and there were 5 people waiting behind the bus.
Before I knew what I was doing, I just pulled over. I was going another 20 kilometres down the road, so I offered everyone a ride. Three people got in. I had the sense that my vehicle was empty and the seats weren’t my own. One guy was going all the way to within five blocks of my destination. He heard that the gas station had a job opening.
Talk about humility. Dude is going to ride the bus every day for an hour or more for a job at a gas station. It was the least I could do. This inheritance Jesus is talking about isn’t a payback. It’s about rejoicing and I think a connectedness to everyone else.
Paul speaks of being content will having much and having nothing at all (Philippians 4). He goes on to talk about the presence of Jesus who enables and strengthens him. Paul counted every entitlement he had in life as loss compared to knowing Jesus.
That’s it. In our humility, let’s contrast everything to knowing Jesus, and then treat the world like Jesus is everything and like everything we have is his. Then inherit…
I hope you get the job, Kashish.