Meekness is Blessedness

Slow down. Stop what you’re doing. Chill out. Listen to Jesus…

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”–Jesus, Matthew 11:28-30

If you’re burned-out and freaked-out by life, Jesus offers you hope and rest for your soul. He brings blessedness into the chaos of our hearts. But to do this Jesus doesn’t change our circumstances, he changes our hearts. Why? Because chances are you’re burdened and stressed because you’re not following Jesus, Jesus’ way. Oh you might be trying to obey God and do all the right things, but you’ve missed the most important part.

Meek people are promised the blessedness of Soul-Rest because they humbly resign and submit to the fact that they can’t do life on their own. They don’t even dare to try to obey God in their own strength. As Scott Hafemann says “Jesus demands the humanly impossible because his provisions are supernatural”—he gives us the Holy Spirit! Meekness and any amount of Jesusness is impossible without the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-24). Jesus promises us the blessing of Soul Rest precisely because he gives us the Holy Spirit! How else could we possibly obey his commands?!

  • Jesus says you shouldn’t be happy just because you don’t murder people—you mustn’t even harbor anger in your heart.
  • Jesus says you shouldn’t be happy because you said no to an adulterous affair—you mustn’t even entertain lustful thoughts!

Meek people are blessed people because they have faced the facts that they are absolutely, no doubt about it…hopeless and helpless, insufficient and incapable, powerless and paralyzed without Jesus.

  • If you’re at your wits end with your kids or parents…Jesus says “Come to me.”
  • If you’re hanging out near the cliffs of insanity because of your job…Jesus says “Come to me.”
  • If you’re dumbfounded by the betrayal of a friend or spouse…Jesus says “Come to me.”
  • If you’re drowning in financial debt or addiction or depression or sickness or unforgiveness or self-righteousness…Jesus says “Come to me and I will give you rest!”

Meek people go to Jesus and you know what they find? Rest for their souls! Not escape. Not a quick evacuation to heaven from your present “hell on earth”. But rather…rest and peace and power in the midst of it all.


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