Very few of us know what really pushes God’s “Give” button or if there is a button at all. Personally, I’d like to just enter my pin number and out would come my blessing. Wouldn’t that be nice? We make God into an ATM machine.
But no, God is a person. He has feelings. He has dreams and goals, just like we do. What is God’s goal in this verse?
“Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.” 3 John 2
It doesn’t seem like I deserve all that, especially after the ATM comment. Lol… BUT look at that. He wishes that we prosper and be in good health, above all things. That is amazing. It also sounds like there are two of us involved. Me and God. God wishes it, but am I supposed to make it happen? Or will He help me out? How does it work?
That’s the great thing about being the right sort of person. For the right sort of person, it just happens. No, the “right sort” is not a religion, race or gender. Look at this old promise from way back in Psalms.
“But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Psalms 37:11
The “meek” sound like they have it made! What does it take to be meek?
I once heard these two definitions and they stuck with me.
Humility is being willing to listen to what God has to say. (Over our own opinions.)
Meekness is being willing to do what God wants done.
God empowers, blesses and needs people who are doers! “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,” James 1:22
That can’t be too hard right? God does love us and wants us to prosper and be in good health. God is love. God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. I’ve been meek to a boss, and I’m sure he didn’t care if I prospered or was in good health. I’ve been meek to teachers, friends, parents and colleagues. Being meek to God, now is that really that hard? God’s a big guy.
What if He wanted me to do something I couldn’t do?
“For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 5:3
“Grievous” is translated from the Greek word, “barys”, and literally means; “hard to do.” God’s commandments are not grievous, or hard to do. Isn’t that a relief? This verse also mentions something besides meekness, and that’s love. God loves us and now we know how to love Him back. Wow! We just have to do His commandments. Isn’t that meekness?
Meekness is doing what He says to do without an attitude.
God just needs something done. He doesn’t have feet and hands or a mouth. He is Spirit and works inside you for good and for His glory. His glory is ours too. I’m going to add another layer here.
After the day of Pentecost, suddenly it was available to DO a lot more for God. He gave us salvation and the gift of holy spirit which is our permanent connection and interface that seamlessly operates nine manifestations, or functions. These functions are nine of the biggest hugs you’ll ever get from God. And the more you sow, the more you reap. What do we reap? A harvest, or fruit of the harvest. SO here we are working for God, “DO”ing things for Him, like speaking in tongues, getting word of wisdom and word of knowledge, discerning spirits, faith, miracles and healing. I mean we are little powerhouses now and having a blast doing it all the way down the line. What do we get back?
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:23-24
Did you see that? Our fruit of the operating and living of our lives doing the work of the Spirit, is all the stuff we need to inherit the Earth. God asks us to be meek, then, for being meek; He gives us more meekness. Being meek, becomes easy! God asks us to walk in love and gentleness, and for doing that we reap the love and gentleness. God asks us to be at peace, and for doing that we reap abundant, deep, abiding peace!
The longer you live like this, what do you think happens? I would guess you begin seeing the MORE than ABUNDANT life up close and personal. God fills all your cups, He plugs all the leaks and He literally meets your need, almost before you know you have one. Why? Because of that dusty old promise in Psalms.
“But the meek shall (absolutely) inherit the earth; and shall (absolutely) delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Psalms 37:11
What joy! What rejoicing!
We have a great big wonderful God and He respects conditions, not persons or status. The condition here is meekness. Are you willing to have this kind of life? I know I am, and it’s much better than having an ATM for a Heavenly Father.
God bless you today!