Only the Meek

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5).

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is probably one of the best-known and oft-quoted portions of Scripture, and for good reason! It’s chock-full of profound wisdom and penetrating insight into our fallen condition and desperate need for God. If you’re like me, you’ve probably heard “Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth” too many times to count - but what does it truly mean to be meek, and why does it matter?

I’ve never thought much about the word “meek” - I guess I always though it was someone who was just quiet, humble, put others before themselves, etc. I was surprised to learn the true meaning of the word - I came across a fascinating discourse by a man named Wayne Jackson where he shares the following:

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.

In the biblical sense, therefore, being meek describes one who has channeled his strengths into the service of God.

Max Lucado talks about this passage as well in his devotional “Only the Meek.” He starts off by taking us to the church in Bethlehem where it is believed Jesus was born (a site I was able to personally visit in the summer of 1992!). A star on the floor marks the spot where perhaps the manger once sat, and unless you’re a child or midget, the only way to see it is to crouch down and kneel. He ties this reality to our relationship with our Savior:

The same is true of the Christ. You can see the world standing tall, but to witness the Savior, you have to get on your knees.

The world issues a call to serve self; Christ issues a call of submission, and it’s on our knees that we get the best vantage point to see him. We all have gifts and talents; let’s encourage one another to channel them into the service of the Lord and be the blessed meek!