I have always struggled with the word meek. What does it mean? Jesus stated in Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (KJV). I have always heard that being meek means being weak, or passive. Not exactly a quality that gets things done!
Today I learned a little bit about what it means to be meek. I am reading a great book by Steven Fry www.stevenfryministries.com called True Freedom that is about leadership, authority, and submission. In the book he points out that meekness goes hand in hand with humility and brokenness. Meekness means mild, gentle, and humble in the New Testament. But what really got me thinking was the connection to brokenness.
Brokenness means “the person who strives to control nothing-and no one, but himself.” So here is the AHA! moment for me. The meek person is humble and realizes that the only person he can control, and should control, is himself. So what is the opposite of meekness? Could it be arrogance? The arrogance to actually believe you can control other people?
So now the words of Christ have a whole new meaning to me. “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” Now when I read that I hear, “Tom, control yourself and don’t worry about controlling others, and you will inherit the earth.”
Are you in control of yourself? It starts with a choice, and you have the power to make that choice!