Mighty meekness - Hope 103.2

Mighty meekness

By David ReayMonday 12 Oct 2015LifeWords DevotionalsFaithReading Time: 0 minutes


Read Matthew 5:5

5           Blessed are the meek,
                for they will inherit the earth. (NIV)

The general view of life is that human beings have to push themselves forward to get what they want or need. We have to demand our rights, we have to look after ‘number one’ because if we don’t then no one else will.

As is usual in these beatitudes, Jesus turns all this upside down. He says the meek will be the ones who get it all in the end. Meekness is like humility: it is having a right estimate of yourself. You are certainly not a nonentity, but then again you aren’t the king of the castle either.

Meek people are not timid wallflowers: Moses was regarded as a great example of meekness. Meekness is not a personality trait like shyness or non-assertiveness. Moses doesn’t fit those descriptions! Rather, meek people don’t feel the need to throw their weight around or frantically demand their own way. They don’t demand high status for themselves. Meek people realise they do matter, but they don’t matter most.

Anxiously striving to get ahead and push ourselves forward out of fear of missing out or out of mere egocentricity is not the way to get ahead. To get what really matters in the end, to be co-rulers with Jesus in the new heavens and earth, we recognise it is Jesus and not ourselves who truly is king of the castle.

David Reay