Meekness is a Christian quality not often discussed, nor is it prized by the lofty minds of business and politics of this world. Yet, it is so essential to our Christian walk and our ability to overcome ourselves and endure afflictions that Jesus promised those that possess this quality would inherit the earth ( Matthew 5:5). I wish I had paid more attention to this fruit of the Spirit earlier in my life or should I say, understood it better. The subject of meekness is something the Lord has dealt with me about more and more. I can’t think of anything that I did lately, that has caused to God zero in on this quality for my personal devotion times with Him, but I know that I certainly have need more of it.
One morning I opened to Philippians and began to think about the following passage in the 2nd chapter:
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
The word “meek” didn’t jump out at me, but the characteristics of the Messiah and the submissiveness of a holy God did.
As I read, it became so real to me that Christ, who was the creator, came and submitted himself to the created. He humbled himself by giving up power that he clearly had, to submit himself as child growing up to his earthly parents; to a low status in life as a carpenter. He became poor while he was here so that he could accomplish the mission of the salvation for our souls. He made chairs and tables for people as a job, when it was He who had created the earth, sun, moon and sky and the very people he took orders from. He had power over death and said “I am the resurrection and the life”. Yet, he was obedient to death itself. Christ told the disciples:
53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?
54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?
Jesus submitted himself to the will of God.
That is what meekness is all about. Equally men, women and children are called to possess this quality in Christ. This attitude must be present in our everyday lives.
One definition describes it as an attitude of humble, submissive and expectant trust in God, and a loving, patient and gentle attitude towards others.
The dictionary further lists where it is needed:
Towards enemies Mt 5:39-41; Ro 12:17-20
In leadership 1Ti 6:11
In witness 1Pe 3:15
In (church) discipline Gal 6:1 See also 1Co 4:21; 2Ti 2:25; Heb 5:2
In the family Eph 5:22,24; Eph 6:1; Col 3:18-20
In society Ro 13:1-2,5; 1Ti 2:2
It seems like a weak thing to ask for. ” Lord, I want to be a doormat today”, but meekness is anything but that. Those that feel this Christian quality calls for them to be run over and stepped on for no good reason fail to understand it.
Meekness has to do with having power, skill and ability and knowing when and how to use that power. The meek wait for the God-appointed time to use that power. Consider the following.
Don’t fight over territory; they pray about what territory to have because they realize God is in control of possessions.
Don’t fear their circumstances; they have the courage to seek God how they can better their situations; because they understand that all things work together for their good.
Don’t seek position simply to be elevated in front of people, because they know that it is more important to have God’s approval and Him standing next to them, than to stand next to the highest person in the land.
Don’t worry about what people say about them, because they are not trying to make a reputation for their own glory and bragging rights, but only hope that their character may be helpful to others and glorify God?
Seek God about the decisions in their lives
Treat people with respect
Pray that God shows mercy on their enemies and not that He destroy their lives
Let other people win arguments, rather than ruin relationships
Seek other people for help because they’re not afraid to admit their shortcomings
The meek have power and are comfortable with their abilities and skills but don’t use it to crush and hurt other people, nor do they use it for selfish reasons. We struggle against ourselves when we exercise this Christian fruit in our lives. It goes against our very nature hold back for the sake of others. Man’s greatest interest is himself and to promote his own agenda. Meekness is a tough thing to exercise. So it has to be learned for it to grow.