Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.
When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Each day, as I get ready for my day, I do a few things that I take for granted.
I get out of bed.
I take a hot shower.
I brush my teeth. And I put on clothes.
All of these are gifts that should be cherished and not taken for granted, but I want to look deeper at the fact that I put on clothes each morning.
Although I know it is not everybody’s experience, for as long as I can remember, I have been able to choose what clothes I should put on.
I think about the tasks that I have to do for that day.
If I am going to work out, I clothe myself with something that is appropriate in helping me accomplish that.
If I am going to paint, I clothe myself with something that will help me fulfill that purpose.
If I am going to be working in a casual environment, I will probably wear a sports Jersey because I like them and because I usually get to have a conversation with a stranger because they like my Jersey. So even clothing myself with jerseys has a purpose.
Here’s the thing, Paul makes it clear that those of us who want to accomplish the purposes of the Kingdom must put on meekness which can also be called humility or gentleness. Those of us who want to inherit the earth as God’s children, must wear humility and gentleness.
For centuries, people have tried to conquer and inherit the Earth by wearing greed, selfish-ambition, lust, and other immorality. These clothes have actually held them back from their inheri- tance.
Humility and gentleness are clothes that enable us to kneel down in prayer or in service. They are the clothes that are flexible enough to help us forgive and accept responsibility for our own mistakes. They are the clothes that are thick enough to keep our hearts from growing cold with enti- tlement or pride.
I’ll leave you with this thought: meekness is already in your closet. The Holy Spirit put it there when He moved into your life.
So, today, can we choose to take off the old way of life and put on meekness?
Each day this week, as you put on clothes, make an intentional affirmation that you are also clothing yourself with meekness.