What are your first thoughts when you hear the word meek?
For most of my life, I was a foot-dragger when it came to the thought of being meek. Yeah, yeah, I know the Bible says “the meek inherit the earth.” And I certainly wanted to be blessed–both in my life on earth and in the next life with God.
But I believed meekness meant being a doormat, handing over my rights to someone else, walking around with downcast eyes and a lowered head, and submitting to everyone else’s opinions.
Of course, this was stuff I made up in my head, but the word meek sounded so wimpy.
My fears about meekness didn’t make sense because Jesus was never a doormat.
He did exactly what He needed to do every moment of His life to glorify God the Father. No one obstructed Jesus in carrying out His purpose and plan or sharing His love. He expressed anger, as well as strong and unpopular opinions. He stood against the status quo. He broke tradition. He subsumed every thought, word, and action to glorify God, no matter the cost.
So if Jesus is the true picture of meekness, what is it?
In biblical times, two things had to be present in order for someone to exercise meekness.
- A conflict or difficult situation
- Inability to control one’s circumstances
When we find ourselves in tough circumstances that we’re unable to control, we typically become frustrated, angry, bitter, and manipulative. But the meek person, like Jesus, trusts God’s ability to guide events without his or her intervention (Gal 5:23 ; Eph 4:2 ; Col 3:12 ; 1 Tim 6:11 ; Titus 3:2 ; James 1:21 ; 3:13)
Meekness is strength that chooses weakness, perseverance, and resilience, in order to glorify God and serve others.
An example would be a wild stallion that chooses to submit its strength to be tamed and serve the needs of its owner. The horse doesn’t relinquish its strength but allows it to be harnessed for the profitable use of a master. This is the kind of life we should seek as Jesus-followers;
- Meekness in our words
- Meekness in our actions
- Meekness in our thoughts
- Meekness in our motives
So how do we win when we build meekness into our lives?
- We learn to trust God more. The meek don’t expect to see justice here and now. They trust God to work things in His time and for our good in ways that we may not see in this life. They can rest in the character of God.
- We learn that our circumstances don’t define our lives. We sing all kinds of songs about God being in control, being Lord of all, and being sovereign. But when a crisis hits, we often default to panic. The meek understand that we can’t see what God is doing behind our circumstances. The meek rest in knowing they don’t see God’s Bigger Picture.
- We grow to be more like Jesus. Once we understand the true power of meekness, things in our life begin to fall away: worry, fear, anxiety, anger, bitterness. We become more like Jesus.
- We love others more selflessly. Meekness directs our hearts toward others and helps us look at people through the lens of love. Love always moves us to action on behalf of others.
- Meekness builds resilience. It requires perseverance through difficult times for a greater good. Meekness teaches endurance and the ability to endure pain for a deferred reward. This requires strength, courage, and fortitude.
To hear more on the topic of meekness, listen to Freedom Girl Radio on Monday evenings at 7:00CT with host and Freedom Coach Pastor Dawn Damon at BlogTalk Radio. And I’d love to here your thoughts and experiences.