“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” –Matthew 5:5 (NIV)
It is an incredulous statement. How could the meek possibly lay claim to the world? Our conditioning at the hands of our fallen environment has labeled meek people as incompetent and ultimately weak because of their perceived timidity and compliance. In our eyes, power and greatness seems to only come to those who are assertive, who have no qualms about using unethical means and “realpolitik” to eliminate their rivals and obstacles in order to get what they want.
Our flawed human understanding has a misinformed view on what being meek exactly implies. It means being humble as opposed to prideful, respectful as opposed to arrogant, patient as opposed to irritable, and merciful as opposed to unforgiving. Human eyes may see these as qualities for the weak. But on the contrary, they are the true markers for strong leadership and greatness. The meek are assertive. By their stance, they assert themselves against the injustices and tyranny of those who lord their power over those who are under them. They refuse to accept that deception and heartless decision making must be treated as the principles which must form the basis of good governance and leadership. Often it is the case that the meek leaders are the ones which command the most love and respect. A leader who rises to the upper echelons of power through intrigue and bullying may be feared and wield extraordinary power, but they are rarely truly loved and respected. The leader who is adored is leader who serves the people, who empathize with them, and who truly cares for them and wants to see them advance out of despair and misery. This leader does not reach the height of power through underhanded means, but he reaches it with integrity knowing that he serves a far higher calling than personal glory. Christ Himself was and is the perfect example of what it means to be a meek leader. He served the people not to obtain glory for Himself, but knowing that everything He did was to be done unto the glory of His Heavenly father. When we work knowing that in our toil we are to serve Christ and His people, any sort of prideful ambition should dissipate from our minds. In our humility and service before God and before others, God will rewards us with greater responsibilities as long as we obey His call to be faithful to Him in our service. He will replace the arrogant with the meek knowing that those who have adopted a meekness that only Christ can give will be stewards that will breathe life into a world strangled by darkness and corruption. The proud will fall, but the meek will always endure.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.