We are to be unnoticed as the Lord was at times. We should be willing to pass through the crowd and not be noticed. Jesus made a whole different kind of wave, not a wave of worldliness that seeks the centre. He was quiet yet He brought a storm-W.A. Belle
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth.-ESV
Human nature demands that we desire attention, affirmation and appreciation. I don’t know about you but I sure do like having things go my way most of the time (read all the time) and I relish in the praise of others. I like to be appreciated and also for what I do to go noticed. Am not the kind of person who likes to loose either. Up until recently those particular traits did not nag me per Se until I understood the Matthew 5:5 beatitude.
A HEART AFFAIR
Meek is a word that is wrongly perceived in society, meekness is associated with a bashful, quiet person who must lack self-confidence. We look at meekness as something people are like when they always got beat down as kids or because they grew up in a family where nobody raised their voices. Meekness is a word we associate with weakness.
Contrary, the Greek word for meek is praus which means humble or lowly. To be submissive or of broken will. Meekness according to 1st Peter 3:4 is an attitude of the heart. It’s a heart affair.
1st peter 3:4
But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious -NKJV.
The attribute of a lowly and humble heart is first in regard to God before anything else. The aspects concerning this includes (but not limited to);
1. Practical submission to God
Meekness at heart in this area is allowing yourself to be vulnerable in the presence of God because we TRUST this God. Acknowledging that you cannot do it by your own might and strength and this means taking your weights and burdens to Him. Taking your addictions to Him. Laying bare and exposed in His presence. It is meekness of the heart that will cause us to run to Christ when we hit rock bottom and not clam up in a shell. One of my resolutions this year was crushing an idol/mirror in my life. Starting out was plain hard because I like to control my life and the outcome of situations that are hard. I am well aware that it is not by my might or strength but by Gods power but I did try to accomplish it by my own means. Until I actually submitted myself to God and started acting on it did it start working out. Being meek also involves ACTING ON THAT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT. Proclaiming God is Lord and leaving it at that doesn’t change anything. As believers we need to start growing out of lip service and make it a heart affair.
2. Brokenness of will
Then Jesus answered and said to them “Most assuredly I say to you, the son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the son also does in like manner.”-NKJV.
Jesus in this verse was clearly saying that the only agendas He desired to pursue were those of the Father. We are called into the very same kind of meekness. To lay aside our will and pursue Gods will. To delight ourselves in God till His desires become our desires. To not move till we hear His voice asking us to move. To speak what He may have us speak. To build friendships only where He may have us build them
.After we have willingly become meek towards God pursuing meekness in regard to other people will be much easier. I will sum up meekness while handling others in this verses
Know this my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.-NKJV
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.-NKJV
See also James 3:13-18
The first attribute in the portrait of a meek person is teachability. To receive the word with meekness means to be disposable and ready to listen and learn, being humble enough to hear God speak even through imperfect people. Then quick to listen and slow to speak, criticize or condemn. James 3 then shows us that wisdom bears the same attributes as meekness, they are both peaceable, gentle, open to reason, impartial and sincere. As believers we need to sit back as we speak to each other and listen, then deal reasonably with what is said instead of just blurting out something without thinking it through or making quick judgement.
Meekness though does not mean a soft spoken conversation that is self-protecting and truth effacing. Galatians 6 brings into play the aspect of correction. In as much as being meek involves openness to reason we are to listen and in turn give our own opinions in view of submission to a higher standard of truth. We are not to watch others go astray and name that ‘meekness’. Meekness corrects but it is always a servant.
For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.- ESV
The focus of true meekness is not on our outward behavior modification in our relationships to others rather it is an inwardly developed tenderheartedness, and the performing of it is first and chiefly toward God then to others.
EPITOME OF MEEKNESS
True meekness is measured by the meekness of Christ; His humility, His patience, His peace and His total submission of His own will to the will of the Father. My best example of meek and lowly at heart truly is Jesus. Jesus started his ministry at a time where Caiaphas the High priest and the Pharisees sought their own advantage. They pursued their own glory and right standing with the people and Jesus proved to be a great distraction. He entered the scene concerned only with what His Father thought. He had nothing to prove to either the Romans or the Sadducees and Pharisees. The son of God mingled with the tax collectors and the children. When He taught he did not paint an inflated image of Himself and when He was admired or praised He did not acquire an inferiority complex in view of ‘meekness’. Though He was in the form of God He did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped but emptied Himself by taking the form of a servant. Then He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death. For our sake, He became sin who knew no sin so we might become the righteousness of God.
Don’t imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call “humble” nowadays: he won’t be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who’s always telling you that, of course, he’s nobody. Probably all you’ll think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him. If you do dislike him, it will be because you feel a bit envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He won’t be thinking about himself at all. There I must stop. If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realize that one is proud. And a biggish step, too. At least, nothing whatever can be done before it. If you think you’re not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed. –C.S. Lewis
Blessed are the meek.