Blessed are the Meek
“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5
The Bible translates the Greek word praeis to meekness. Praeis means mildness, gentleness of spirit, or humility. Humility as we have learned over the last several months is massively important for the Christian. We must be humble both towards God and one another. Meekness then is not weakness but is a laying aside our pride for the spiritual benefit of someone else. As Christians we are given permission to not feel the worldly pressure of putting ourselves forward and instead can take a posture of humility. When we as humans are meek, it means we have an accurate view of ourselves. We know we deserve nothing, and we do not feel we must prove ourselves to others. This then makes a meek person truly content. We are only meek in the biblical sense when we are also poor in spirit and we mourn our sin (Matt 5:3-4).
Jesus teaches us that our lives are not about ourselves but about God’s glory and seeing Him rightly glorified in the lives of others. “Jesus called them together and said, ‘You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.’” Matt 20:25-28. Christ is the beautiful picture of meekness in that he has all authority and power to punish those who ridiculed, mocked, and tortured him, yet he refrained from it for the benefit of us all. He submits to the Father’s will and allows himself to be led to his death so that you and I may have eternal life.
It is tempting then to just try to become meek. If we just try, perhaps we think we can be humbler. We miss the point though in that this is a natural trait of a Christian. This is not just a skill to be developed, this is a trait that the Holy Spirit produces. If there is no increasing expression of meekness in our lives, then we must be concerned. We must pray and ask the Lord to produce in us what only He can and that He would take hold of us entirely. We must pray that we would be His ambassadors to a lost and hurting world. (Luke 19:10; 2 Cor 5:20). This posture of humility and being on our knees before the Lord makes it far easier to wash other’s feet as Christ showed us in John 13. Then we can find a joy in serving others for Christ, that those who follow worldly wisdom by putting themselves forward never can.
Scott Hoerner, Assoc. Min. of Youth & Young Adults