Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth
Prayer position for Meekness: Bowing myself before The Lord
Blessed: Joyful and happy, to be well off, to be in the nature of that which is of the highest good, to have Divine favor.
Meekness: A simple definition is this: Meekness is power under control. Meekness is a picture of surrender. We surrender ourselves, our will, and our desires to God. Pastor Ed Bontraiger wrote of meekness saying, “Yielding my rights to God so He can demonstrate His peace and power through us. Those who are meek are not weak. Their strength is yielded to God’s control. The meek are vessels through whom God can exhibit His power, thereby bringing balance to earthly things.”
I once heard a wonderful illustration of meekness. One pastor remembered seeing the power of an unbroken horse running around the corral. His body was ripped with muscles. He ran wild and powerfully. Later the same horse was broken. That is, the horse had been trained to be ridden. Now the horse has the same power he had before but it is power under control. That is meekness, surrendering our power to the control of God for His work and service.
The Bible says in Romans 8:11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
John recorded the words of Jesus in John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
The Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
We all love the idea of the Spirit who raised Christ from the dead living in us and giving us life! We love the idea of overcoming the world through Christ. We love the idea of Christ living through us! The hard part is the crucifixion. The, “I have been crucified with Christ,” is the part we struggle with.
To be crucified with Christ is to die to self-seeking pleasure and beginning to seek to bless and serve others. To be crucified with Christ is to die to self-glory and seek to lift up God and others. To be crucified with Christ is to die to self-interest and seek the interest of God, my spouse, children, and coworkers. To be crucified with Christ is to die to self-pity and live humbly. To be crucified with Christ is to die to self-righteousness and realize my constant need of God’s grace. To be crucified with Christ is to die to self-importance and make God and others the center of the stage. To be crucified with Christ is to die to self-promotion and promote God’s agenda, and promote others ahead of myself. To be crucified with Christ is to die to self-satisfaction and live to please God in all things. To be crucified with Christ is to die to self-sufficiency and fully rely on Him for our love and joy, peace and pleasure.
It is only when we are crucified with Christ we truly live. Jesus said in John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” He also said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me,” (Matt. 16:24 ESV). Could it be that to truly live an abundant life we must deny ourselves? Could it be that true life through the Spirit that raised Christ from the dead is in fact found in dying? Could it be that to truly overcome the world one must be crucified to it?
Jesus said in Matthew 5:5, “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Jesus promises eternal blessing to those who are meek, to those who deny themselves in an effort to serve God.
May we be meek, bowing ourselves before the Lord!