Beatitudes 3 of 8

First things first, meek does not mean weak. Being meek does not make one a door mat to the world. Meek does not mean passive. On the contrary, Wayne Jackson writes, “In the Greek New Testament, “meek” is from the Greek term praus. It does not suggest weakness; rather, it denotes strength brought under control. The ancient Greeks employed the term to describe a wild horse tamed to the bridle.” So to be meek is to bring your stength under control to serve God. It denotes more of a self controlled strength. I often think of a Superman when I think meek. Superman was certainly no weakling. Superman choose to bring his strength under control and live most of his life as a servant to the people of earth. He spent most of his days as a mild manned reporter named Clark Kent. It wasn’t until absolutely necessary that he would jump in that phone booth and bring out his strength. For us as Christ followers, meekness should be that of self control in obedience to God. We should bring our strengths under control so that when the time comes we serve God with everything we have, even if that means “jumping in the phone booth” and fighting the evils of this world. We do it with meekness not because we are weak. In Him we are strong!

The second part of this scripture is about our inheritance. The meek will inherit the earth. This is completely counter culture to what the world thinks. The world thinks to get something you go out and take it. It’s the Pinky and the Brain complex, “Pinky: Gee, Brain. What are we going to do tonight? The Brain: The same thing we do every night, Pinky. Try to take over the world.” We have been taught from an early age, especially as Americans, if you want it go take it. Jesus teaches a better way, if you want to inherit the earth, be meek. The thing is, we already can lay claim to the whole thing. We don’t have to go take it, it’s already ours as joint heirs with Christ. We just have to be obiedient in our self control. We have to bring our will and strength under obedience to the Lord. Being meek is not to be weak, but to be obedient. Meekness alone is the only way to claim our inheritance from the Lord.

Challenge:

1. Today be meek in your strength. Try and show the world what true strength looks like. True strength is reserved and controlled. It’s not flaunted and wielded like a double edged sword.

2. Pray that God would empower you through the Holy Spirit to be meek. To be self controlled and get ready to be strong when called upon.

May you be obedient to the Lord and the cross! May your spirit be refreshed in the knowledge of your meekness. May Jesus speak words of powerful control into your soul today! In Jesus Name! Amen!

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