Inheriting the Earth

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

In a series of brilliant campaigns, Alexander the Great conquered much of the known world. After initial victories in Greece, his armies rapidly swept eastward, defeating the powerful Persian Empire. No one seemed capable of stopping his military juggernaut.

But on June 10, 323 BC, he died. He was just 32 years old. Almost immediately, disputes arose among his chief lieutenants: Who would rule in his place? What would happen to his kingdom?

Unity evaporated, as men who once had been loyal to Alexander demonstrated that they primarily were concerned about themselves. Eventually they divided Alexander’s kingdom into spheres of influence, but divisions remained for generations. Even though Alexander’s influence would continue for a time, his vast kingdom did not last.

Battles like this are fought every day throughout the world. People fight over succession, power, and control. This occurs in government and business, and in families over inheritances. Some of the battles are fought with weapons, while others are fought with words, in courts, in elections, or in public forums.

But Jesus taught a completely different way to “inherit the earth” and experience the blessings of God. The answer is not by being powerful or strong, but being “gentle.” The Greek word used here indicates that we should be meek, mild, and humble.

In the world today, it can seem that the rich and powerful are in control, for they seem to hold every advantage. Yet, as we see with Alexander, eventually all the earthly kingdoms and riches will fade away. Ultimately, we all will learn that God controls the earth: “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him” (Psalm 24:1 NLT).

In your life, focus on the only kingdom that will last: the Kingdom of God. And remember that that the way to receive the Lord’s blessing is to be gentle and humble. This is the way to “inherit the earth.”