After reading Tozer's excerpt on meekness yesterday, I came to many conclusions, but none more evident than this: I am not meek, and I certainly am not resting in Jesus like God wants me to.
A few key thoughts jump back to me, and maybe they resonated with you too:
- The labor of self-love is a heavy one indeed.
- As long as you set yourself up as a little god to which you must be loyal there will be those who will delight to offer affront to your idol.
- The heart's fierce effort to protect itself from every slight, to shield its touchy honor...
- The meek man cares not at all who is greater than he, for he has long ago decided that the esteem of the world is not worth the effort.
- He rests perfectly content to allow God to place His own values.
- He will be patient to wait for the day when everything will get its own price tag and real worth will come into its own.
- As he walks on in meekness he will be happy to let God defend him.
Guys, I don't know, but there must be a reason why as I read these sentences and phrases, a strange peace comes over me. There has to be a reason why as I read them, I am - even but for a brief second - given deep release as if I'm actually living this way or that I've been given the keys to freedom; my heart buoyed in a sea that so easily causes me to sink. And I think the reason I feel that way is because Jesus truly does call us to His rest and meekness is the method by which we can.
Social media makes me anxious. It always has. I'm not on it much, but I relate social media to walking into a crowded restaurant and listening to every conversation at every table. Madness, right? And not only that, everyone in the restaurant is doing the same. Or imagine listening to every conversation and song of everyone sharing your daily commute to work. Crazy! And so here I come, like I'm climbing the onramp of the 405 freeway on a tricycle. Be clever, be inspirational, make a difference, grow, reach more people, keep up Jimmy or get run over! Keep up! HONK! HONK!
Ok, maybe that's pushing it, but it is but one example of the things of life that if we let meekness be our method, we won't care what the world thought. And if God is pleased, it doesn't matter what the world thinks. Same goes with our health, our bodies. All we want is for God to be pleased, amen? I'm gonna get off at the next exit and finish this brief series tomorrow, but is anyone feeling this with me? What is God speaking to you about?
In His rest,
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