Does meekness equal weakness?
Look at today’s passage of scripture…
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Matt. 5:5
Jesus Himself says that those that are meek will… “Inherit the Earth”. Doesn’t sound like this is a bad trait to have! But what does it mean?
The Greek word for meek means gentle and humble but strong and courageous. It is a person who can demonstrate tremendous self control. Meek people possess strength…and tenderness. Power and polish. They will inherit the earth because they are problem solvers without being bridge burners. Tremendous ability, opportunity, and strength…while demonstrating control, discipline, and focus.
Think about the life of Christ. He lived a life that reflected this idea of meekness. No better is it demonstrated than this passage from the book of Matthew. Jesus has just been arrested and is being taken for questioning by the high priest.
“Then the people who had arrested Jesus led him to the home of Caiaphas, the high priest, where the teachers of religious law and the elders had gathered. Meanwhile, Peter followed him at a distance and came to the high priest’s courtyard. He went in and sat with the guards and waited to see how it would all end. Inside, the leading priests and the entire high council were trying to find witnesses who would lie about Jesus, so they could put him to death. But even though they found many who agreed to give false witness, they could not use anyone’s testimony. Finally, two men came forward who declared, “This man said, ‘I am able to destroy the Temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’”
Then the high priest stood up and said to Jesus, “Well, aren’t you going to answer these charges? What do you have to say for yourself?” But Jesus remained silent. Then the high priest said to him, “I demand in the name of the living God—tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.”
Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror and said, “Blasphemy! Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy. What is your verdict?”
“Guilty!” they shouted. “He deserves to die!”
Then they began to spit in Jesus’ face and beat him with their fists. And some slapped him, jeering, “Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Who hit you that time?”
Matthew 26: 57-68
Think about that… Jesus could have called down legions of angels… hundreds of warriors on His behalf. He knew the hearts of every person in that room and how they truly felt about Him. They were falsely accusing Him. Spitting on Him…. Laughing and mocking Him.
What would you have done? Does peaceful resolution come to mind? How about revenge?
Jesus chose meekness.
He knew the true definition of the word… Meekness means giving up what we want and giving in to full submission to God’s will. It didn’t mean that He was incapable of defending Himself… it simply meant that He was unwilling to disobey God’s will for the sake of winning.
Meekness isn’t weakness. It is an act of obedience. I want to challenge you… as you face the trials and discouragement of the world, I want you to follow the example of Christ.
Can you solve the situation forcefully? Maybe. Choose to be meek and follow God’s direction in how to handle it.
Do you know more than they do? Possibly. Decide to be meek and allow God to change the hearts of those intimidating you.
Does the situation you find yourself in have a solution that would NOT honor God? My bet is that it does… and it might seem like the easier route…
Choose meekness. Harness your strength… demonstrate self-control… live out your faith… and follow God’s direction.
Remember meekness isn’t about rolling over or giving in… it’s about giving up control. It’s not about what we want or can do… it’s about what God wants to do in and through us as He builds our character!