Well here we are on the eighth fruit in our challenge. I hope you’re hanging in there with me because we’re almost through this challenge.
As always I have to remind you that we have a choice in this challenge. We can yield to the leading of the Holy Spirit or we can continue in our own efforts. Remember the branch has to give way for the fruit to come forth.
Okay are you ready? This week we will challenge ourselves in the fruit of meekness.
Many times when we think of someone being meek we think of someone who is weak and passive but that’s not how Jesus refers to Himself in Matthew 11:29 when He says, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” Jesus was referring to Himself as someone who is all power and someone who knows the power of his strength. He is gentle and mild because He knows that we are fragile in His hands. For example, you wouldn’t squeeze an egg in your hands unless you wanted to crush it. You are restrained in how tight you hold it because you know its frailty. Likewise, Christ is meek and lowly with us because of His love for us. It’s not just what He does but it’s who He is, He’s love and He knows we are but dust.
Matthew 5:5 says, “Blessed are the meek; for they shall inherit the earth.” It is those that fear and reference God that will inherit the earth. It’s impossible to be meek or lowly without the fear of God. It’s our knowledge of who Christ is and who we are in Christ that empowers us to be meek, gentle and mild to the poor, weak, and the fragile. Meekness is not something that we can do it’s what the Holy Spirit does through us as we give way to His leading.
Therefore, I encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to give you a fresh reference and fear of God this week which will enable you to see how frail you are and how strong He is in you.