Are You Meek and at Your Peak?
Be-Attitudes (part 3)
Rev. Joe Kramer
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
-Matthew 5:5 (NKJV)
This is one that gets a bad rap a lot of the time. Meek does not mean weak. As a matter of fact meekness is not about someone’s physical characteristics but their spiritual and mental characteristics. A good example of someone who is displaying the characteristic of meekness is one who is walking in humility and gentleness. But this is not the end of meekness. Someone who is meek walks in righteousness as well. These three characteristics make up what we call meekness.
The individual who walks in meekness, when they are wronged does not seek vengeance. They do not retaliate, but they leave it to God to deal with. While they are going through trials they are true to God. They do this without defense of their character, but display humility and the gentleness of God’s Spirit.
God gives us something for those who walk in His righteousness who are not seeking to vindicate themselves. He says they shall inherit the earth. I do not see the inheritance of the earth now; that is here at this present time. I see this as happening in the millennial reign (The time when the saints will reign for a thousand years with Christ on earth. This is found in Revelation 20:1-6). So, we see that those who display meekness now, in this life, will inherit the earth in the future. They will be vindicated, ultimately, by God in the future. Some scholars will disagree with that statement, but I believe it to be accurate.
The problem today is that a lot of people will gloss over this article and will say in their minds that they don’t need this teaching. They are humble, gentle, and righteous. In actuality those who gloss over words like this tend to be rash, abrasive, and self-righteous. The question is which are you? You see when I read something like this, I ask myself a question “Am I truly walking in the characteristics of meekness, or do I just think I am?”
This would be the time to truly examine your heart and see where you stand. Will you do that today? I pray you do. The choice is yours.