James 3:13-18 (TPT)
13 If you consider yourself to be wise and one who understands the ways of God, advertise it with a beautiful, fruitful life guided by wisdom’s gentleness. Never brag or boast about what you’ve done and you’ll prove that you’re truly wise. 14 But if there is bitter jealousy or competi- tion hiding in your heart, then don’t deny it and try to compensate for it by boasting and being phony. 15 For that has nothing to do with God’s heavenly wisdom but can best be described as the wisdom of this world, both selfish and devilish. 16 So wherever jealousy and selfishness are uncovered, you will also find many troubles and every kind of meanness.
17 But the wisdom from above is always pure, filled with peace, considerate and teachable. It is filled with love and never displays prejudice or hypocrisy in any form 18 and it always bears the beautiful harvest of righteousness! Good seeds of wisdom’s fruit will be planted with peaceful acts by those who cherish making peace.
For all of human history that we know about, kingdoms have taken ground by willpower, force, violence, destruction, theft, pride, seduction, oppression, and greed.
Jesus says this, though, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
Jesus, don’t you know that sounds foolish?
It’s interesting that Jesus’ wisdom is often foolishness in the eyes of the world.
Maybe that’s what makes Christianity so distinct and provocative when it is lived out by Jesus’ followers.
God’s Kingdom, like no other kingdom ever, takes ground gently. Think about that.
Breath this in.
God doesn’t force his way into our lives. (Read that again, slowly).
Rather, Holy Spirit gently prompts us to allowing Him in.
When we decide to become citizens of our Father’s Kingdom, bow down to King Jesus, and allow Holy Spirit to govern our lives, our hearts and lives gently begin to change.
Like an oasis in the desert, our Father beckons us toward Him, waiting to gently whisper, “Wel- come home.”
Like a nurse mending a wound, Holy Spirit gently mends our wounds that need healing.
Like a beloved friend, our King Jesus invites us over, prepares a place for us, and kneels at our feet to gently wash them.
The Kingdom of God is coming gently. It is gently taking ground through love, choice, trust, peace, humility, creativity, affirmation, freedom, and generosity.
The gentle Kingdom will eventually inherit the whole Earth, and we can be citizens today.
Put on the meekness of Christ today. Allow Him to take more ground in your life.