On January 1st, my niece shared a website link in our family group chat. It was for each one of us to receive Scriptures for the year, by pushing a “spin” button. It was fun, and I was curious what Scripture(s) I would receive from the Father. I received Deuteronomy 8:6~7, but I read the extended verses to verse 10:
“Therefore you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and to fear Him. For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land, a land of brooks of water, of fountains and springs, that flow out of valleys and hills; a land of wheat and barley, of vines and fig trees and pomegranates, a land of olive oil and honey; a land in which you will eat bread without scarcity, in which you will lack nothing; a land whose stones are iron and out of whose hills you can dig copper. When you have eaten and are full, then you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land which He has given you.
I felt Him keep talking to me on “the fear of God” through the verses. And I also took these verses to my heart, as I literally asked Him last year to give me a land to farm including my farm house in a new season. Like I shared in some of my blogs, I wouldn’t really ask Him much for myself, yet I chose to ask Him a land, like Caleb asked Joshua. While I mediated these Scriptures, I came to think of the verse, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth,” in the book of Matthew. And I was also reminded of Pastor John Fenn’s explaining The Beutitudes in his book, “Roadmap for Spiritual Growth.” I would like to share his insight:
There are several words that Jesus could have used here to describe the earth. One word could have been the word cosmos which means the earth system, they are blessed because the whole world’s system would be given to them. And, He could have used the word that has to do with geo which means the geosphere or the geography, but, instead He used a root of that which is ge in the Greek. Ge means land. It is not talking about continents or a world system. It is talking about your land, a specific land like your home, the land that you own, your farm, your house, or your property. Jesus was saying, blessed are the meek, blessed are the teachable, blessed are those who have repented and have gone through the mourning process, who have received the comfort of the Holy Spirit and now they will inherit their land.
Blessed are the teachable for they will inherit the earth, they will inherit their land. Their land is the portion that God has assigned to you. Inherit means someone has to die to give it to you. And that is what Jesus was saying. He is the one who was going to die. You and I each have a task or a purpose in our lives. It doesn’t matter whether you are digging ditches or are a clerk somewhere, or have retired at this point in your life, there is a purpose and a plan for your life. He says you will inherit, you will walk in the things that God has for you to do.
It reminds me of something that Jesus said concerning Martha and Mary in Luke 10:38–42. Jesus was having lunch with Martha in her house. Her sister Mary was there sitting at Jesus’ feet. Martha expecting Mary to help her goes to Jesus and says, will you tell my sister to help me? Does she expect me to serve alone? Tell her to come to me. Jesus responds and says, Martha, you are anxious about many things, but one thing is needful and Mary has chosen that good part. This is a play on words. He is using some humor here although it doesn’t translate well into English. Martha was talking about serving food and saying, Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to serve alone? In the Greek the idea is that she is serving portions. And Jesus uses that terminology when he says Mary has chosen the good part (a dish or a food). So, he was saying, you are serving out portions of food but Mary has chosen the good portion.
When He says blessed are the meek they will inherit the earth and ties that meekness into teachability, He is quoting Psalm 37:11, which says the meek will inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace. His thoughts have to do with this progression of growth. Everyone listening to Him that day on the mountain, knew the psalms by heart and would have immediately recalled the rest of that psalm: and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
The Abundance of Peace
That is the key right there. When a person becomes meek and teachable, receives that comfort and becomes eager to learn about the things of God, they will inherit their land and be amazed at the abundance of peace. Psalm 37:11 clearly states it: we will be blessed with the abundance of peace in our lives when we start to inherit our land. This entire process produces peace in our land. Whatever our portion is to our lives, our work and family, the end result is peace as we walk with the Lord. Sometimes we have to do difficult things, things that are right things but difficult to confront, but the result is always that peace.
After reading this, I mediated on Psalms 37:11 and kept “inheriting my land, my portion” in mind. Then, in late January, I came to watch a Korean pastor’s testimony in a Christian TV show. He served the homeless, by teaching them and by providing them with farming work. After years of trials and errors, he and his ministry made a community in a farm land, which consists of not only the homeless but the young and old members of his church. One of his stories that interested me was that the community decided to work for only 3 hours in the farm. They start to work when the sun rises, but they work for 3 hours. He said that they don’t work to earn money, but they participate in the work to bring a life. And he found out the homeless enjoy their work a lot, proud of their crops. When I listened to that, I thought to myself, “Hmmm, maybe I will do the same.” I was thinking of “Back to Eden” video that showed an American farmer got to understand the way to farm from the Father, not tilting the land, but the way the plants grow in wild nature, like the Garden of Eden. Interestingly enough, in a few days, when I read the Bible in the morning, John 6:27 came to me like Rhema words:
Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.
Over the past few years, when thinking of farming, I would dream of having acreages of farm lands, a big community and so on. (Yes, I really dreamt big, believing He would provide all! :) ) I was thinking of a Korean medical doctor whom I met in YWAM Kona in Hawaii. He shared his dream of having a big land and providing social outcasts with opportunities to work. I didn’t know whether I would do that kind of work, or I would make a shelter, but kept his dream in my mind. Then, I asked the Father to show me what I should do in the land He would give me, and whether I can also work for only 3 hours. (I would prefer that!!!) Then, on February 5th, I woke up around 3:30am, and prayed on my bed. While praying, I was a bit distracted and I thought of this farming stuff. Then, I heard His still small voice:
My daughter, do you remember what I said to you yesterday? Don’t try to do something for Me. It’s important to walk with Me. You think of good things, yet I want you to give yourself to Me. I want you to minister to Me. Don’t try to do something, but rest in Me. Only then will I work through you. Don’t feel bad about doing nothing. I’m repeating the last chapter of a Watchman’s book and Luke 7:44 (Mary’s ministering to Jesus with the fragrant oil) to you. What I want is you.”
And He went on to say, “Don’t be like Martha, but be like Mary. Focus on your portion. Though you wouldn’t do that work, I will make others do that work. You minister to me and stay where I stay. You can speak to others what you see and hear from there. I choose some for doing that work to serve the homeless, and I choose others to be My priests. Each and every one of you have different callings and they are all precious to Me. So eat your portion.”
So, I said to Him, “Father, then, the land You would give to me is like the Garden of Eden where I would do gardening and commune with You?”
He said, “Exactly! Now you got it! :)”
The other night, He said to me, “What I want from you is not your money nor your talent. Do you think I need your money? I am the Source, and here I even have many things that are intended for you guys, but you haven't asked to me. What I want from you is your whole being. Can you give Me 100% of yourself?” He made me realize He tests (proves) us like He did to Abraham, not that He lacks something. He repeatedly said He wants me to walk with Him. Indeed, I had pride, thinking I can do something for Him as if I would help Helper. He doesn’t need anyone’s help.
And He kept telling me that He wants communion with me, as He had with Adam and Eve, before their fall, and as He had with Enoch. That’s my calling. He wants me to be His high priest, ministering to Him in 10 x 10 cubit of Holy of Holies. And He reminded me again that feeding His sheep is feeding with His Rhema words. And they will be healing aroma to His children.
He went on to say, “I told you not to feel guilty for not having challenging life, comparing Jemma (a Singaporean missionary in Africa). Every one of you have different gifts and callings yet they are all for equipping the saints. You serve others with your portion. Be like Mary!”
I said to Him, “Father, thank You so much. Now, I really have peace.”
Then, the verse came into my mind:
My Presence will go with you and I will give you rest. (Exodus 33:11)
Yet, I asked the Father, “Could you please confirm what You just said to me?” He said, “I will. I am a good Father.” Faithful and kind, He gave me confirmation over the next couple of weeks when I read the writings of Pastors Rick Joyner and John Fenn. Even in the middle of writing the draft of this blog, He gave me confirmation through a Korean Christian song.
When I thought of Martha and Mary, soon enough, I came to read John 11:5:
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
Even when we serve too many things and are anxious about too many things like Martha, Jesus still loves her. He is love. Even if we don’t understand our true calling, miss it or jump into too many things, He still loves us and gives us grace. But, I’m trying to say it would be even better to serve a good portion and live in our inherited land in peace.
I don’t know whether you’ve found out your calling that our Father intends for you before the Creation, or whether you’ve asked Him about it, if not. It’s my prayer that you and I remain meek and learn from the Lord, and finally receive our land, our portion and live in peace. I recently came to read Bonnie Jones, the wife of the late prophet Bob Jones' interview article in MorningStar Journal. She said, “Bob was a prophet, but he always said the higher calling was friendship with God.” Friend, do you want that calling, too? I do! No matter what your gift and calling might be, we have the higher calling, friendship with God. I pray in Jesus’ name that we walk with Him, knowing He doesn’t need our resource, but wants us. May He use us to equip the saints, when we understand our calling.
Have a bliss!
O Lord, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;