"[The meek man] knows well that the world will never see him as God sees him, and he has stopped caring." - A.W. TozerThat my dear friends is a wonderful freedom is it not? To stand in the midst of the world, with many looking down, confused, or perhaps even angered by the Rock we stand on and not be affected. It's that humble confidence that floods us with joy and peace in the midst of all that. It's Christ residing in our hearts, not just head knowledge. No more pretending who we are, or putting up this front to try and win favor over man; it's artificial:
"Artificiality is one curse that will drop away the moment we kneel at Jesus' feet and surrender ourselves to His meekness. Then we will not care what people think of us so long as God is pleased." - A.W. TozerThis certainly describes the transformation He has been working in me. Oh sweet freedom! Not that I don't stumble, it's just that when I stumble I don't need to care if anyone saw or what they think. I just pick myself up (or be helped up) and keep walking to that cross!
Knowing Christ intellectually to knowing Him emotionally and completely (from our head to our heart) is a long journey. Yet once that path is carved out, get ready for a flood! Do you recall as a child making "rivers and lakes" on the beach? Digging a hole in the sand and then digging out a trench that connected your hole with the lake? And do you recall how as soon as that connection was made the water came flooding in? Oh! That's exactly what I'm talking about! My heart is being flooded!
Bring on the flood Father!