As I said earlier, meekness will be equated to gentleness in this series. What does it mean to be meek? To be meek means to be quiet, gentle and submissive. Hmmm! I like that third definition – to be submissive, but what really is meekness? Meekness is a state of being quiet, gentle and submissive. Let’s look at a man who epitomizes submission in the bible – Elisha. See what scriptures has to say about this man “Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah. 2 Kings 3:11 (KJV). I love this description of so great a man of GOD, but I’ve once been told that Moses is a better example of meekness, of which I consent to, but would rather prefer to talk about him when we get to the “BLESSED ARE YE…” series. For now, let’s continue to learn from so great a man who even possessed a double portion of the anointing of the original masterpiece after whose spirit Christ’s forerunner was to come.
“Here is Elisha the son of Shaphat, which poured water on the hands of Elijah. 2 Kings 3:11 (KJV). What humility! History tells us that Elisha was no mean fellow before God called him to be Elijah’s successor, yet after his call he abandoned all his fortune and became an errand boy for Elijah! Yet this same Elisha would possess a double portion of Elijah’s anointing up till the point that his dead bones would raise up the dead. Hear this, “The greatness of man’s power is the measure of his surrender.” – William Booth
Do you want to be great for GOD in this generation, then you must learn to be humble. “Before destruction the heart of man is haughty, and before honour is humility” (Prov 18:12 KJV). Looking at JESUS our perfect example in Phil 2:1-13, we see that humility is the real deal.
How Do We Learn Meekness? We learn meekness by coming to Christ with the recognition of our own weaknesses and being united with Him by belief in His finished work on the cross. Then we must grow in the experiential knowledge of Christ, Who humbled Himself for us, that we might be conformed to His image.
How meek are you? Please sincerely answer these questions
• Have you dedicated yourself to God and yielded all your rights to Him?
• Do you have full confidence that God controls all that happens to you?
• Is it your goal to become more like the Lord Jesus Christ?
• Have you received and responded to the good tidings of the Gospel?
• Do others praise you for a meek and quiet spirit or do they do otherwise?
• Do people resist your advice or counsel when you try to help them?
• Do people ask you why you are so peaceful when serious adversities come into your life?
• Have you exchanged your burdens for the yoke of Christ?
• When you do good works and are praised for them, do you deflect the honour to others who helped you?