Meekness is not a term used very often today. Jesus used it to describe Himself in Matthew 11:29 AMPC. He said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart…”
The word meek is defined according the HELPS Word Studies as “not weakness” but rather referring “to exercising God’s strength under His control – i.e. demonstrating power without undue harshness.” It is a “blend of gentleness (reserve) and strength.”
It seems that often meekness is acquainted with weakness, but this shows that to be meek really is to demonstrate harnessed power. It would be having the power to plow over someone in words or actions but to harness that power, to keep emotions in tack, to remain humble and set aside personal rights.
Jesus had all of the power in the world to change things for His purposes, for His self-protection, but He gave into the will of the Father. He had perfect trust in His Father as His Advocate. He put aside His rights and privileges.
Philippians 2:5-8 NIV describes it like this: “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus; Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God; But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of man; And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. ”
Let this mind be in me. I have a lot of surrendering to do in order to demonstrate meekness. There are so many areas where I need help in living out meekness.
I need the Lord to help me surrender my need to have my way.
I need the Lord to help me stop seeking to advance my cause or be given my rights above others.
I need the Lord’s help in harnessing the power when I have opportunity to use it for my purposes rather than His.
I need the Lord’s help to keep my anger from boiling over.
I need the Lord to help me keep my pride from bursting out, and instead lead me to humility.
I need Him to teach me meekness. It is only as I trust Him to be at work on my behalf that I will have the strength to be meek. When I trust that He will accomplish what is best for me, then I don’t need to have my own way or advance my cause, because He is all about doing just that.
I need to trust my Fathers’ heart of love as Jesus did, and then I will know meekness and how to live it out.
Surrender is costly. Meek is such a little word, but but requires great strength to live up to it in our daily lives.
Are you recognizing areas that you need to surrender in your life as well?