Grab a Webster’s dictionary and take a look at the word “meek”. What do you see?
Sounds like a wimp doesn’t it? As you take a look at the beatitudes it strikes the natural man with horror. These are the people that God delights in? These are the people who make up the kingdom of God? It sounds like a bunch of poor, miserable, wimpy people. However, God’s ways are not our ways. (Is. 55:8) God chooses the foolish things of this world to confound the wise. (1 Cor. 1:27) He glories in the weakness of his children because then he is glorified. (2 Cor. 12:9) The beauty of the beatitudes is not what is seen by man, but what is seen by God. If man had been choosing a king to replace King Saul they would never have found David but they would have found another Saul. God looks at the heart. (1 Sam. 16:7)
Now we see how the world views meekness. According to Webster, the meek man is a quiet and submissive, one who is easily imposed upon… let’s just say it: a doormat. And you know what? In some ways, Mr. Webster is right.
I like this definition for meekness: Power under control. Meekness doesn’t mean weakness. Meekness doesn’t mean you do not have convictions. Moses was the meekest man to ever walk on the earth (Num. 12:3 KJV). Was he weak? Did he lack conviction? All you have to do is ask Pharaoh, well that is if you can find him on the bottom of the Red Sea.
Moses stood up to nations. Moses delivered people from bondage. Moses led a rebellious people through the wilderness for years. A doormat couldn’t do that. A weak man couldn’t do that. Only a man fully yielded to God could do that.
I said earlier that Mr. Webster was kind of right in his definition. The key to meekness is direction. Who are you weak towards? From whom are you easily imposed upon? Who are you submissive to? Truly meek people are not meek toward themselves, nor are they meek towards others. True meekness is seen toward God and him alone.
The ultimate example of meekness is seen in the life of Jesus. Jesus was the very essence of God (Phil. 2:6). If anyone had the power to do his own will, he did. But instead he came not to be served but to serve and give his life away as a ransom for many. (Matt. 20:28)
I want to fast forward to the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus, knowing the cross and the consequences of taking our sin on himself was before him, is kneeling before the Father asking him if there can be another way. “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42) Meekness seen in one verse: Not my will, but your will be done. Is that how you approach Father?
As Jesus was being arrested, Peter boldly tries to protect him Master and in the process cuts off Malcus’ ear. Jesus reminds Peter that if he wanted to get out of this he could have called down 12,000 angels to protect him. Jesus had the power to get out of the unpleasant situation. He had the right to get out of this situation. But instead he placed his power and his rights under the control of the Father. That is meekness.
About Calvary Temple
Calvary Temple is an independent church which holds to all Assemblies of God tenets of faith. Calvary Temple ministries include Discipleship Training, adult Bible college, media ministry, and an aggressive missions program.
Pastor Star R. Scott is Senior Pastor of Calvary Temple in Sterling, Virginia, where he has ministered since 1973. In addition to the pastoral gift, Pastor Scott functions in the five-fold offices of apostle and prophet. He has planted churches, and currently oversees the pastors and ministries of numerous satellite churches.