Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth
‘Meek’ is maybe one of those words which people know its existence but maybe not its actual definition. Every Christmas we sing the words ‘Mary was so meek and mild’ in what is supposed to be the most famous carol of all time, but why was Mary meek? What does it mean to be meek? By the meek Christ means people who are mild with gentle dispositions, who are not easily provoked, who are not ready to take offence, but are prepared to endure anything- a manifestation of humility. Again today we could say humility is not a trait which is sought after, instead a vice. Yet meekness is one of the fruits of the spirit and the first mark of a disciple.
How can we be meek?
2 Corinthians 6, is a good start,
We put no stumbling block in anyone’s path, so that our ministry will not be discredited. Rather, as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: in great endurance; in troubles, hardships and distresses; in beatings, imprisonments and riots; in hard work, sleepless nights and hunger; in purity, understanding, patience and kindness; in the Holy Spirit and in sincere love; in truthful speech and in the power of God; with weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left; through glory and dishonor, bad report and good report; genuine, yet regarded as impostors; known, yet regarded as unknown; dying, and yet we live on; beaten, and yet not killed; sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; poor, yet making many rich; having nothing, and yet possessing everything.
But how can one have nothing yet possess everything? Most of these beatitudes are paradoxical, along with many other references in the Bible. Two different realities are colliding. On one hand you have to die, but in doing so you live. We have to die to ourselves spiritually, so that we can come alive in all things, that we can come alive in God. When we are made humble, we our brought to our lowest. We know we don’t deserve anything, we aren’t all that we could be, and we by no means deserve God’s Grace. Yet its at this point, this point of utter desperation and helplessness that we turn to God and are raised high.
The second part of the beatitude is that we shall ‘inherit the earth’. It is referring to the ‘new earth’ which will be. Such people, the people Jesus is referring to in the Beatitude shall dwell and shall inherit it by virtue through being heirs of God. Joint heirs with Christ! What a glorious inheritance!!
Meekness is a trait which comes easier to some than others. But lets learn to boast in Jesus Christ alone, and run with arms wide open towards Gods promised inheritance for each of His children.
‘I will not boast in anything, no gifts no power, no wisdom. BUT i WILL boast in Jesus Christ, His death and resurrection’.