Where are the Meek?


Nathan Miller-CCSM 2015Guest writing today on the Cross Church School of Ministry blog is Nathan Miller. Nathan is serving with the Cross Church School of Ministry as a resident minister this year. Nathan is from Fayetteville, Arkansas, and he is on the  CCSM Pastoral Ministry track.

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

If the meek will inherit the earth, where are they? Where are these heirs to the throne? The nature of the Beatitudes is that they show us the virtues that we are to model in our own lives. The majority of these traits are fairly easy to spot. The poor in spirit, the mourning, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, these examples are easy to find, and in our churches these types are often talked about and lifted up.

But where are the meek? We live and operate in a world that touts its accomplishments at every available opportunity. In fact we are so bad at humility, at not drawing attention to ourselves, that we made up the “humble-brag,” where we purposefully downplay our own achievements in order to draw attention to them. Our politicians gain bumps in the polls by simply being louder than the other candidates. We have a rapper named Meek Mill who is best known for making songs purely to disrespect other artists because he feels they first disrespected him. The qualities of meekness are nowhere to be found.

We know what meek men look like: quiet in spirit, gentle in demeanor, peaceful in nature, one who endures slights with patience and long-suffering kindness. The meek man is the one who embodies the idea Paul wrote about when he said, “Why not rather suffer wrong? Why not rather be defrauded?” (1 Corinthians 6:7) But if we know what the meek man looks like, why do we not look as he does? Why are we not as he is?

Idolatry is the root of all sin, the worship of something created rather than the Creator, and it is the idol of Self that prohibits us from being meek. We are insecure in our identity in Christ, so we cannot allow a single slight, a single hit to our ego, to pass without reparations being paid. We do not trust God to be the final judge who will right every wrong and reconcile every account, and this is primarily because we forget that it is our account which has the debt. Because any wrong we have done to our fellow man, or he has done to us, pales in comparison to our sins against God, we are the ones who have offended.

If we are going to become meek, as Christ was, our meekness must come from our understanding that we who once were far-off have been brought near by the blood of Jesus. That while we were still the foremost among sinners, Christ died for us. The sacrifice of Jesus allows us to be wronged and to simply rest in knowing that that transgression is on the cross. And in light of that fact, we can throw off the burden of our own ego and the crushing effort it takes to constantly put ourselves in the limelight. We can be relieved from the weight of having to be the final judge and replace it with the light yoke of Christ’s example. Meekness allows us to rest.

“[The meek man] knows he is as weak and helpless as God has declared him to be, but paradoxically, he knows at the same time that he is in the sight of God of more importance than angels. In himself, nothing; in God, everything. That is his motto.” – A.W. Tozer

When we become like Christ, the meek will not be hard to find. But we won’t know where they are because they are constantly shouting, “Hey, look at me!” We will know where they are because they will be constantly shouting, “Hey, look at Him!”



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