The Beatitude Series (3)

THE BEATITUDE SERIES

CHURCH OF ALL NATIONS

December 13, 2020

­­­Verse of the week: “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5

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Look: This image is from Hyatt Moore, contemplate the words and the expression of this individual. What emotions are triggered? What do you sense? What are you feeling?

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Listen: Take some time to breathe deep and quiet your mind. This song really speaks to me about this beatitude. This song is meaningful because of the reminder to turn our eyes toward Jesus, which is an act of trust. Below you will learn how trust fits in more clearly! I have included three versions:

  1. A Jazz version by Lauren Daigle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5X85txs60yY
  2. Here is a more traditional version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nO4uIyz_d90
  3. Here is a Japanese version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITxMfc1yW_E

Here are the lyrics:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things (the thing) of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior
And life more abundant and free

Through death into life everlasting
He passed and we follow Him there
O’er us sin no more hath dominion
For more than conquerors we are

Oh, turn your eyes upon Jesus (oh, turn, oh turn)
Look full in His wonderful face
And the things (the things) of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace

His word shall not fail you, He promised
Believe Him and all will be well
Then go to a world that is dying
His perfect salvation to tell

Oh, turn your eyes upon…

Think and engage:

This week the verse is “blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Once again in Matthew 5, Jesus is sitting atop the mountain with his disciples and communicating to them who is welcome into the Kingdom of Heaven and what the Kingdom looks like. He is explaining so many different types of people and explaining the upside nature of this place. It is a beautiful image and welcoming of Jesus, to turn to him and enter the Kingdom.

However, I have always struggled with the word “meek.” What does it really mean? Does it mean passive? Or quiet? Or shy? Many translations use the word gentle. Some of us would relate to these words, while others of us would not. The meaning of the word in this context is actually to trust God. It is to accept who God is, to rely on God rather than ourselves, and to look to him for our strength. It is the spiritual act of turning our eyes toward God. It is not the process of trying to save ourselves, or assert our own self-interest, it is a turning toward God in trust of who he is. It is complete trust in God’s goodness and faithfulness and passing over control of a situation.

Therefore, this means that this passage is really communicating, blessed are those – happy are those – who trust in God. Blessed are those who can put their faith in God. Blessed are those who rely on God. This is not an attitude we can simply ask of ourselves, we definitely can take a step in that direction, but it is the work of the Holy Spirit. The work of the Holy Spirit in our lives can shape us to be more trusting of our Maker who is always with us and who is good.

If we put our trust in God, we will inherit the earth. This means we will receive, or become part of the Kingdom of Heaven. If we put our trust in God, we will become recipients and participants of what God is around us. How beautiful and inviting is that?

Questions to consider:

Do you trust God in his goodness?

Do you have areas in your life where you do trust God?

What does that trust feel like?

Do you sense the presence of the Holy Spirit shaping you and your life toward more trust in God?

What would it look like to lean into the work of the Holy Spirit and experience deeper trust?

Spiritual Practices:

Individual Practice:

This week the spiritual practice is to go for a walk outside, and to look at the bigness of God’s creation. As you look at his creation and see the power he has, and the joy he has in creating you – ask yourself if he is trustworthy. What do you hear? Then realize that you are a recipient and participant in what he is doing in this world. What do you sense God is asking of you for the world around you?

Community Practice:

Go for this same walk mentioned above, but bring a member from your household. Discuss the concept of trust, and affirm one another of where you see the Holy Spirit working in their life. Pray for one another and speak words of truth over one another. As you spend time outside, in creation – on the earth – ask one another what your contribution to the earth is and where God is asking you to participate.