One of the biggest selling books of last year was ‘the boy the mole the fox and the horse’ written and illustrated by Charlie Maskesy. His work has Kingdom all over it and a few of his works capture these Kingdom moves. Here are a few.
You can find more here. https://www.charliemackesy.com/
I think the book captures meekness and the need to know ourselves so wonderfully.
Last Sunday I used a few quotes around the subject of self-knowledge from Christian Theologians. Here are two more Christian thinkers on this matter.
Sooner or later we must distinguish between what we are not and what we are. We must accept the fact that we are not what we would like to be. We must cast off the false, exterior self like the cheap garment that it is…… we must find our real self, in all its elemental poverty, but also in its great and very simple dignity: created to be the child of God, and capable of loving with something of God’s own sincerity and his unselfishness. Thomas Merton – Theologian, poet and monk
The original, shimmering self gets buried so deep that most of us end up hardly living out of it at all. Instead we live out all the other selves, which we are constantly putting on and taking off like coats and hats against the world’s weather. Frederick Buechner – American writer and minister
I do hope that you will embrace the idea of finding out more about the person that God created you to be.
I also talked about the difference between Pilot washing his hands and Jesus washing the disciple’s feet. One took no responsibility and the other took responsibility for something that wasn’t his. When it comes to how we bump into each other – it is our responsibility. Response-ability. It is our ability to manage how we respond.
So, it begs the question, how can we crack this code. What enabled Jesus in that moment to wash their feet? I think we get a clue. It says Jesus knew that the Father put all things under his power. In other words, He knew his identity as the Son of God, and He knew his authority as such. And then it says that He had come from God and He was returning to God.
So, He knew his history, where He had come from, and He knew his destiny, where He was headed.
Now when you add those four things up, identity, authority, history and destiny, guess what? You’ve got someone who knows who they are, and I think in our case knows who they are in Christ and it frees you up to do is operate in meekness because you are not out to impress anybody. You are out to please your heavenly Father.
Have you heard about Kingdom moves? What I mean by this is there are certain moves we can make which create great responses. Apologizing is a Kingdom move. Only the hardest of hearts will fail to forgive a person who admits they were wrong. Asking for help is a Kingdom move. Few people would refuse your sincere plea for help. I think meekness is putting others first, putting honour where honour is due. Humility is knowing yourself and how you can avoid causing damage to others and that is another Kingdom move.
Meekness will radically change the way you relate to people and the way people relate to you.
Go on try it, discover more of yourself and who God created you to be.