“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5
The concept of meekness is an interesting one in dealing with the Bible. We often hear people discussing it as the same thing as humility. I want us to take a moment and think about our lives and all the fantastic things that we have accomplished in our time here on Earth. Some might be able to think of something that was a personal accomplishment or something that helped others in need. These are all amazing in their own way. The question I want to bring up today is, who did you point to in those moments when you accomplished these things and felt like you were on top of the world? It is easy for us to point to ourselves in our accomplishments. I am speaking from experience here. Often, we get so caught up in the moment, and we are excited about all the praise that we are receiving. We think about all the time that we spent trying to achieve this remarkable feat, but what good does this do for anyone? The thing is, without help, we cannot accomplish anything worthwhile.
Before reading any further, I want to encourage you to read Romans chapter 7.
Romans chapter 7 does a fantastic job of explaining our fleshly desires. Verse 21 states, “So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.” Our inward being desires to do good, but our outward flesh often acts in evil ways. We have no reason, as sinful humans, for us to be prideful in our actions. When we accomplish amazing things, we need to remember that we have no reason to point to ourselves, but instead, we should point to our Lord. Only through our God do we have the ability to do these great things. We are truly blessed to have a God that gives us the opportunity to be the tool that He uses in order to make great things happen.
Referring back to the opening Beatitude, God blesses those who are meek and point to Him. Only through our meekness do we have the God-given ability to inherit the Earth. It is not by our own accord but through His grace. My challenge for you is that whenever you do something that people are praising you for, turn the praise to the One who actually achieved the feat. By pointing to Him, we are pointing the world to the One who can save them from their sinful ways. Sometimes for us to do this, with the right mindset, we need to take a step back and evaluate what we have really done and seen for ourselves, that we have done nothing, and that our Lord truly made the way for this to happen.