Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. – Matthew 5:5

The Sermon on the Mount is perhaps one of the most quoted, and talked about teachings of Jesus in the New Testament.  It begins with Jesus making a series of statements known as the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes that Jesus is discussing in Matthew chapter 5, describe the ideal lifestyle, unique character, and reward of the individual that is living in the Kingdom. The third statement which will be our focus for today’s devotional, is verse 5, “Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth”.

“Blessed” In The Eyes of Jesus

Before we get into it, let’s take this verse apart to gain better understand of what Jesus is trying to say.  In each of the statements that Jesus says, He begins by saying “Blessed.. “.  The word “blessed” comes from the Greek word “makarios” which simply translates to joy.  It’s very important to understand that God is referring to blessedness from His perspective, not ours.  Although our culture today has abused and misused this word, the original meaning of blessed as well as to what Jesus is referring to, is spiritual prosperity or spiritual well being. It’s not focused on earthly blessings as we might think so.  Rather, it refers to the deep joy of the soul; the type of satisfaction from experiencing the fullness of God.

deep joy of the soul; the type of satisfaction from experiencing the fullness of God.

Does Meekness Mean Weakness?

Absolutely not! Meekness is a word that is related or closely associated to humility, gentleness, and submission. However, meekness firstly explained in it’s most simple form is our perfect model, Jesus Christ. In Philippians 2:6-8 we read,

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient [..]
Jesus could have done whatever He wanted, but for our sake He chose to submit to the will of the Father by dying on the cross, that is the ultimate act of meekness.  Although meekness is a fruit of the Spirit (as described in Galatians 5:22-23), today in our selfish, self-centered and aggressive world its’s misinterpreted as weakness.  As a result, it’s not a trait that is admired or promoted.   However, it is impossible to develop a character of meekness, or to understand Godly meekness if we don’t first acknowledge our lowly self in contrast to who He is.  What I mean by this is, approaching God with a contrite spirit, and clear understanding that we are poor in spirit.  Recognizing of the vast difference between who we are, and who He is. In fact, to paint even a clearer picture for you, let’s examine the placement of verse 5 in the Beatitudes.  

You will notice that in verse 3 it says: “Blessed are the poor in Spirit” – Poor in spirit are those who understand that they are not capable of saving themselves. They are individuals in a state of recognizing their own spiritual poverty. While in verse 4 Jesus continues by saying, “Blessed are they who mourn”   These individuals are now not only powerless in saving themselves, but they are also individuals who are aware of, and grieve over their separation from God due to their sinful state.   Which is then followed by verse 5 in saying “Blessed are the meek”. These are individuals who recognize their spiritual poverty, who mourn over their (spiritual, sinful) condition, and are willing to submit themselves to the will of God.

For most of us, this is a challenging concept.  We foolishly believe that because we are somehow running around doing things for God that we are somehow complete; that we are somehow submissive to God and therefore feel entitled. But in reality, the scripture challenges us to be conscious of how we view ourselves.

the scripture challenges us to be conscious of how we view ourselves.
In Philippians chapter 2 as stated above, we notice that it says Christ “emptied himself by taking the form of a servant”. In other words, although He was the son of God, He became low and humbled himself by completely laying aside His divine attributes, and more importantly His glory and His privilege.  Although He knew who He was and the power He had, He willingly concealed all of His glory under this human form.

Final Thoughts

Paul does a great job of reminding us in this verse, just as Jesus did in the Beatitudes, that we need to imitate this willingness of relinquishing what we feel we are entitled to, or who we think we are, and humbly coming before Him with the understanding that we are in constant need of Him; that without Him we have nothing, and we are nothing.

It’s in this type of meekness/humility that the greatest sense of God’s glory is revealed in us, and through each one of us.  
 It’s not about how or what we do to serve God, but it’s the view of ourselves in contrast to God’s greatness WHILE we are serving Him, that allows us to be vessels for extraordinary work. And the best part of all this is the reward that Jesus speaks of, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” – they will be content and truly satisfied.

 

See you next Monday!

 

 

Written by Christina Girma

    4 Comments

  1. betab November 10, 2015 at 7:27 pm Reply

    Beautifully Written

    • Christina G November 25, 2015 at 11:01 am Reply

      Thank you! Stay blessed.

  2. Bethel November 27, 2015 at 10:54 pm Reply

    Timely Word in a world where self has become a god. May God continue to overfill you with His wisdom and may He continue to give you the passion to serve others

    • Christina G November 28, 2015 at 10:45 am Reply

      Amen! Thank you so much. Be blessed!

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