4 0 obj Jesus Christ, as the greatest role model of grace and humility in the history of the world, demonstrated that meekness is not weakness but strength under control. Your email address will not be published. Do not cause anyone to stumble, whether Jews, Greeks or the church of God— even as I try to please everyone in every way. Can Christians jettison the Lord’s call to meekness in the pursuit of worldly glory, athletic scholarships and possible national championships? He was meek. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? I can only offer scripture which would allow us to pursue athletics, or excellence in whatever career God has for us as long as it is done with complete integrity and without compromising the Gospel. A man carrying a cross does not pursue vainglory and cannot, by definition, seek to dominate, defeat and triumph over his neighbor. 2. May we all be so blessed as to show such meekness the next time we have the opportunity to seek revenge. World Changers - Book. In a new heaven and earth, they will be grateful that by grace they learned to be meek during their initial threescore years and ten. One of the people in our church is said to be an expert but I only know him for church planting, trying to win people to the gospel and a deep love for people and serious concern for their spiritual state. But make no mistake. I believe this is profoundly true and vitally important to the interests of authentic Christianity. He cast it into the fire, turned it to dust, spread it on their water and then forced them to drink it. And so we end up with what may be called Tebowism, the belief that Christians may abandon the meek spirit required by Christ in the interest of excelling and dominating in a sport, thereby gaining a platform to proclaim Christ. Jesus presses the issue by stating that it will be the meek who inherit the earth—not the proud, the arrogant, the strong, or the fittest. True righteousness cannot be worked up through the flesh of man, the heart of man, the mind of man, or the works of man. When we understand what meekness is NOT we can begin to understand what meekness is. And there are so many lessons that competitive sports can teach us. You would expect to read: “Blessed is the proud and arrogant man who powers his way though life—for he shall inherit the earth.” Instead, just as Jesus often does, he goes in the opposite direction. “Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. The very question is absurd. I think the only one who esteems meekness at all is the Lord Himself. The crowd will go away and your registrations will dry up. Jesus called them together and said, “You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Oh, and I’m FOR the opposite of all that , Rescinded. I read a story about a man that murdered a stranger. Meekness is a virtue that we cannot. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Permissions: You can use the material found here at DBG, but you should properly cite the location by providing the author's name and a link to the page where the information is found. The meaning of the word in Greek, which was the original language of most of the New Testament, is “power under control.” Another word for meekness is humility. Does that look like a weak and spineless man? Admittedly, it… and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, Meekness actually removes the whole force and energy of athletic competition, for meekness does not pursue the vain honors and acclaim of this world; much less does meekness do so by subjecting man, the image of God, to defeat, sorrow and sometimes humiliation. That’s the problem with poorly applied doctrine, it becomes self-refuting. In a world dominated by the strong — ruthless dictators, callous drug traffickers, and powerful corporate leaders — no one wants to be classified as the “wimp” everyone takes advantage of. “I can only offer scripture which would allow us to pursue athletics, or excellence in whatever career God has for us as long as it is done with complete integrity and without compromising the Gospel.”. They would use it to refer to a soothing medicine, a calm breeze, or a tame beast. Luke 12:16-21, And he (Jesus) told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. But maybe I have a talent or a product that can help other people or make life better or easier for others. Don’t back down. There is a site: https://www.thewoodeneffect.com/, I think there is a biography called They Call me Coach, https://www.amazon.com/They-Call-Coach-John-Wooden/dp/0071424911. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” ’, “But God said to him, ‘You fool! After all, it’s just a game. https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/basketball-team-one-cheerleader-opposing-squad-learns-routine-joins/. although he had done no violence, There were people around who needed the farmer’s food. Give ’em the Five Solas and a cross to carry, and I doubt you’ll have anywhere to preach at all. He said “When I run I can feel God’s pleasure”. (Be careful with this one, but it could and has happened, just be sure it is really God and he will verify by various means that it is actually Him Talking.) In other words why am I doing this? Probably the least admired character quality in America is meekness. He was certainly not weak. This very night your life will be demanded from you. Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God–this is your true and proper worship.