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Meek is Not Weak

June 2, 2020

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth”

Matthew 5:5

This has been a rough week, a hard month, and a year that keeps throwing roundhouse rights.

I’ve been meditating on the Sermon on the Mount and the Beattitudes. The verse I’ve quoted is one which I feel is very timely for us as a church.

At face value, these words cause us to furrow our brow and wonder what Jesus was talking about. The word meek in English is one we are not familiar with.

In English, meek means enduring injury without resentment, deficient in spirit or courage, easily imposed upon, weak, submissive.

Not exactly a word which inspires us. Our definition of either masculinity or femininity would reject this picture.

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We casually toss around the word grace in so many ways. Saying thanks before a meal, a name on a church, or a greeting in the Bible.

There are both common and specific forms of grace.

Saving grace is very “generic” (not cheap but similar for all). Grace for life is where it becomes unique.

Grace enables

“According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it.” 1 Corinthians 3:10

Paul is speaking of a specific grace given to him for the completion of the job God had for him.

We use words like calling, leading, prompting, or the will of God. We know these things are unique.

Here Paul says this is the specific grace given to aid us in doing what we are made for.

What’s In A Name?

March 8, 2012

Naming a child can be a much discussed and debated topic among parents.

The names we chose for our boys took a lot of time and thought to come up with. We settled on names which reflected “Gentle Strength” and “Bears Christ with Joy.” Amazingly, the boys “are becoming their names. One is an athletic, yet soft hearted feeler. The other is our happy go lucky, never have a bad day son.

Naming your child can almost feel like a prophetic exercise as you see them “grow” into their names.

I recently had the privilege to preside over a Nigerian couple’s baby naming ceremony here in South Africa. In many parts of Nigeria it is custom to hold this ceremony 8 days afer a child is born to announce the name of the child. A name in Nigeria carries much significance for the child. Everytime his or her name is mentioned, the destiny of the child is proclaimed. This little boy I dedicated actually has 9 names! That’s a lot of proclamation!