In America, it seems like the social media influencers, the wealthy, or the aggressive leaders are the ones who always have success. These are the movers and shakers who get things done with all the right networking connections. Take a peek at any Fortune 500 company, successful military unit, or LinkedIn profile and you’ll see the expectations and self-reported tips to become successful.
When did we become such a success driven society? When did we flip to a “me-centric” society? One which is more drawn towards success, towards supposed-beauty standards, and towards financial savvy. Do you associate success with the word meek & mild?
What do you think of when you hear the word “meek”? Perhaps you associated it with being quiet or reserved. Some may even associate it with being a pushover. The “me-ness” of Americans typically would reject the adjective meek. It’s as though, we associate meekness with weakness. As a society, we don’t believe you can be successful if you are meek.
From a Biblical perspective, meekness is not weakness. Rather, this is a person who is able to control themselves. Their emotions, reactions, and power are well under their control through submission to God.
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5
The meek are those who choose to die to self for the greater good. This may be the missionary who forgoes materialistic items, or it could be the military member who sacrifices themselves for the country. We see examples of this when teenage football players rush a school gunman or when there is quiet praying in the midst of chaos. Another example is Jesus, who surrendered himself to the soldiers at Gethsemane rather than escape. You see, Jesus, above all others had the ability and power to save himself from death on the cross.
The meek are content. Why? Because they trust God’s will over their life.
In the next week, consider how you are able to display meekness in your daily life.