In the zone
My kids and their cousins were all fairly close in age. We’d have a family get-together, and often my mum would disappear upstairs with the kids, and join in their playing. She loved being with them, chuckling quietly to herself at their antics. She was happy to be one of the ‘children in the class’, being bossed around by the ‘teacher’. She got into their zone, and her presence amongst her eight grandchildren kept things safe and fair, without diminishing their fun.
When Jesus talked about the meek inheriting the earth, (Matthew 5:5) it feels like another example of him turning the world upside down. We expect the tough, pushy people to be the ones who come out on top. But maybe that’s because we don’t understand what the word ‘meek’ is all about. It was used to describe a horse that had been broken in. Strength under control. Choosing to be submitted. Strong enough to be humble and gentle.
A few chapters later in Matthew 8:5-13, we have a good example in the centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant. This man knew his authority, and knew that it came from being under authority. And in that quiet confidence, he could humble himself to make a request from this street preacher. Because he was able to enter into the world of Jesus, his meekness was rewarded with the healing he’d asked for.
My mum too, was able to enter the terrain of her grandchildren, partake of their joy, and subject herself to their capricious games, whilst quietly maintaining their respect and love. Being meek opened up a whole new world for her.
When we submit ourselves to God, it’s not because we have to, but because the only way of going deeper into his kingdom, is the way of meekness. It’s our strength under his control. The confidence to stop resisting him. When I choose the path of weakness, he gives me his strength. In that zone anything is possible. Miracles can happen. Earthly authorities give way. Breakthroughs abound. By letting go of my ‘rights’ I discover the authority that comes from submission to God. I inherit the earth, through the power he invests in me. Getting into God’s zone, and a whole new world opens up.