DAY 13 BEATITUDES – ROMANS 8:12-17

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…FOR THEY SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH

So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

It’s good to remember we are no longer slaves and filled with fear because I see that coming up all the time in me.  I just don’t call it that.  I call it simply “managing life”.  Emphasis on manage. How charming.

God knows we need some order in all this chaos or we I might suffer the consequences.  And what exactly is it I think I would be avoiding?  Truth be known, I can’t really say…I just don’t think it will be comfortable.  Comfortable would be my preference.  I’m weary so a comfy chair, comfy PJs, comfy cup of coffee, and comfy people all around…yep, sounds perfect.

Jesus wants me to relax too.  Not exactly the same thing I have pictured but it’s going to get me to a place better than my measly imagining of what winning looks like.  I don’t want to live tied in a knot over how I can keep that plate of a world spinning so Jesus offers “meekness” as the solution.

Moreover, meekness comes with a promise…an all-inclusive inheritance of the EARTH.

Weeks ago, God told me very clearly something along these lines:

“Go do all you can to manage the work I have given you.  Bang on doors, make a million bothersome phone calls.  Use your gifts, your talents, your energy and make a lot of noise if needed. BUT don’t trust in that for the outcome.  Trust this: that Jesus will show up and smooth the way with His grace.”

I’ve been trying to live this assignment and I’ve seen Him clearly.  He is so clear mainly because there were situations that were so definitely NOT HIM.

I think I’ve been learning meekness.  Who knew?

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