“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” – Colossians 3:12.
If you gave it some thought, it would not surprise you that your favorite people have the quality of meekness. It’s a misunderstood quality, yet a quality that every one that is a follower of Jesus should strive toward. The reason is simple, it is a quality of Jesus. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 10:1 (ESV): “I, Paul, myself entreat you, by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—I who am humble when face to face with you, but bold toward you when I am away!
Moses was considered the most humble man of his time (Numbers 12:3). The book of Exodus gives evidence as to why God called him the meekest man on earth. Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, observed Moses wearing himself out trying to be a judge over both big and small matters for the people of Israel. In Exodus 18:17 Jethro tells Moses, “This is not good!…” He then went on to recommend that Moses appoint God-fearing men to assist him in judging the people. Exodus 18:24 states, “Moses listened to his father-in-law’s advice and followed his suggestions.” Moses could have puffed out his chest and cited his accomplishments. Instead, Moses was able to humbly listen to the advice and heed the wisdom in it. It was Moses’ gentleness and meekness that allowed God to use him as a powerful tool.
Meekness can be seen as a spiritual chore, something that is required of you even though your heart is not in it. In reality, meekness is a beautiful thing that has many benefits. Here are some of the blessings God promises for people who develop the fruit of meekness:
Inheritance of the earth: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”(Matthew 5:5). Joy: “The humble will be filled with fresh joy from the Lord. The poor will rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.”(Isaiah 29:19). Protection from God’s anger: “Seek the Lord, all who are humble, and follow his commands. Seek to do what is right and to live humbly. Perhaps even yet the Lord will protect you—protect you from his anger on that day of destruction.” (Zephaniah 2:3). Victory: “For the Lord delights in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.” (Psalm 149:4).
Meekness will cause us to want to obey God more than we want to listen to our own selfish desires. Meekness teaches us to rest in God’s peace and follow Him with implicit faith. In the process, God gives us more peace, joy, revelation, power, and authority to do God’s work by giving us greater influence in the lives of those around us.
- What benefits do you see as a result of being meek?
- How would you like to grow in meekness, personally? Is there a specific area of your life where meekness is especially lacking?