Today, we’re bringing you the first article in a series on the topic of meekness by an “original Atlantic Coast member.” Enjoy!
“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.” (Matthew 5:5)
Being meek does not mean that you are quiet or shy. A prime example of this is Moses who is said to have been one of the meekest people who ever lived, even though he was strong-minded and had a temper issue at times.
People who are meek have humble hearts and put God first above all other things, asking for God’s will (and following His will above their own will) in all situations.
They put their egos aside and are willing to sacrifice many things in their lives for God. They constantly pray and ask for God’s will to be done in their lives. They trust God and His wisdom, knowing that He has higher wisdom than any human could ever have. They allow Him to lead and direct their lives on a daily basis.
Being genuine in this way and relating to God deeply with our heart and soul is an important part of being meek and truly “with God.” If we only do things on a superficial level, God knows — even if other people cannot see it. God knows our hearts and souls, so it’s important to have a genuine connection with Him rather than just doing things on a surface level.
It can be hard to have this level of meekness in this life because so much of this world is based on competition and worldly success. If we are following the Spirit of God, those things are put aside; however, if we are stuck in the material world — wanting to acquire material things, making money our God, or being jealous of people who have a lot of money — then we are likely not putting God first in our lives. God provides for the basic needs of his meek servants, not necessarily riches, fame, and fortune like the carnal spirit desires. Instead of these things, it’s a better priority to strive for humility and meekness of spirit.
If it’s our desire to one day be part of the Peaceful Reign, then it makes sense to work on our meekness, as there can be no peace without a meek and humble spirit prevailing. I envision the Peaceful Reign as a time when we will be surrounded by only the souls who are truly genuine and meek in heart. Carnal and material things of life will no longer be important. This is what I think about when I read Matthew 5:5, which says that the meek will inherit the earth.
Editor’s note: What can you add to our writer’s definition of meekness? Share your take in the comments.
This article has undergone ministry review and approval.