Scripture: Genesis 50:20; Matthew 5:5; Matthew 11:29; Romans 12:3; Galatians 6: 1; Philippians 2:2-3;
1 Peter 3:4.
A small town wanted to recognize and reward its meekest citizen. A survey was taken of their small community, which eventually identified the person. In a ceremony attended by all the important people in the town, the meekest citizen was presented with a ribbon on which were inscribed the words, “The Meekest Man in Town.” The next day, however, they had to take the ribbon away from the man, because he was wearing it! 1
What does it mean to be meek?
Did Tiger Woods appear to be meeker than ever this past week when he announced to the world on television, “What I did was not acceptable?” Or was he humbled because he finally got caught for being unfaithful to his wife?
What about Benny Hinn, the televangelist who is an advocate of the “prosperity gospel”? Hinn is not known to be meek!
He appears regularly on television and travels in Dove One, his ministry’s airplane, to hold events called “Miracle Crusades”. He is well known for his “spiritual healings” and teaches that Christians who are right with God will be rewarded with wealth and health in this lifetime.
This week Suzanne Hinn filed for divorce from Benny citing irreconcilable differences. The couple have been married some 30 years and have four children. The Benny Hinn Ministries office released a statement indicating that Benny and his immediate family were “shocked and saddened to learn of this news without any previous notice”. 2
Meekness is one of those virtues that is never gained by seeking it. The more we pursue it the more distant it becomes. To think we have it is sure evidence that we don’t. So what attributes, actions, and other behaviors demonstrate meekness?
Like the other character-building gifts preparing us for heaven while we are here on earth, meekness is a gift obtained from the Holy Spirit. To be meek is to behave in the likeness of Jesus who, according to Scripture, is meek and lowly in heart, but who certainly isn’t weak or cowardly nor arrogant or self-centered.
Meek individuals will have great variations in personality, ability and styles of communication. Christlike meekness can’t be faked, however. It comes from a humble dependence on God and is reflected in a gentle, others-focused lifestyle. One who is meek seeks not to promote self but to seek the best for others.
Mavis is 95 years old. She resides in a senior citizen apartment complex where she and others go each day to a common dining hall for their meals. Mavis’ tablemates would tell you that she is humble and not self-focused.
When their table number is called to go up to the buffet line, Mavis stands to the side and says, “You go ahead of me and I’ll follow.” She always goes last. By contrast at another table in the same dining room, Winnie is always the first in line from her table. Once her table number is called she rushes to get to the head of the line before anyone else at her table. Winnie has developed a reputation throughout the complex for being self-centered by others who observe her behavior.
When the gift of the Holy Spirit that is meekness is actualized in an individual, a deep change occurs in ones spirit, one that brings peace within and blesses others.