Monday, April 19, 2010

"A little while, and the wicked will be no more; though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace." - Psalm 37:10-11
When Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, Satan offered him the kingdoms of the world and their splendor for his worship. Throughout time men have all but sold their souls for the gain of this world. Whether just a small plot of land down the road, or a mansion in Beverly Hills; the hunger for a claim on this earth has driven many to their death. All this when God's promise is sure... "the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace."
As Jesus responded to the tempter, "Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only”, so should we. The wealth and the splendor of this world will one day be no more. But David said five times in this one psalm that God's people would "inherit' the land (9, 11, 22, 29 and 34) and that this inheritance would endure forever. (18). Why labor for that which will not last when we are promised a future claim in the kingdom of God?
Jesus taught us that we should "seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." (Matthew 6:33) He has called us to live in this world with spiritual priorities as we wait on the Lord and hope in him. Our roots are to be in his kingdom, not in the kingdom of this world. How are you investing your time, talents and treasures today? Are you working for more of this world, or more of God's kingdom? Remember, "the meek WILL inherit the land and enjoy great peace."

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