When I was in high school, I was part of the basketball team. I remember that our coach had very specific expectations for how the team dressed and acted on game day. First, we wore the school colors and a tie. This meant we all wore white slacks and red shirts with white ties. What a sight! We wore dress shoes and our hair couldn’t be in our eyes or past our collar. Not only did we attend school wearing this outfit, but we also wore it on the bus ride to away games. Coach told us that we were representing the school and we needed to look and act the part.
This is a bit like what the apostle Paul said in Ephesians 4:1-2, “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”(NIV)
In other words, God has saved us by his grace and made us into his special people. Therefore we have to look and act the part. Did you hear the word gentle? This is the same word as meek in the Beatitudes. God expects us to be completely humble and meek and patient with others. You see, meekness is not simply a nice-to-have attitude that makes getting along with others easier. It is part of living worthy of the calling of God!
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