BY: AMY WAGNER
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BIBLE TEXT: 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT): For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: We have all, at one time or another, been called out for the attitude in which “us Christians” are supposed to exhibit. We have also, at some point, backed down from a discussion because speaking out would not “represent Christ” if we opposed too strongly. This issue has become more prominent as social media and mainstream news continue to stimulate discord among opposing sides. The Bible tells us we are to be meek and that means we should be quiet and submissive, right? But, are we supposed to be submissive? Are we supposed to allow ourselves to be manipulated into wearing our “WELCOME, PLEASE STEP ON ME” sign around our necks?
Meekness is a term that is so often misunderstood by believers and non-believers alike. There is a definite conflict between the worldly expectation and definition of meek and the Biblical meaning. While we never want to display a spirit of discourse, Biblical meekness certainly does not mean to be submissive…to the world.
While the world would like to define meekness as quiet, easily imposed on, submissive, compliant, and deficient in spirit and courage, Biblical meekness is defined to the contrary. If we take a look at what the Bible considers a meek person, we find the likes of Moses and Jesus. Neither displayed a submissive behavior to the world. Their only submission was to the Lord. Moses was labeled as meek in Numbers 12:3 – Now the man Moses was very meek (gentle, kind, and humble) or above all the men on the face of the earth. (AMPC). Yet he stood up to Pharaoh and led the people out of Egypt.
Jesus describes himself as a meek man in Matthew 11:29, Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Again, we see a man who stood against raging seas and merchants at the temple, certainly not displaying deficiency in spirit and courage.
Biblical meekness is more defined as strength under control with patience, long suffering, humility and obedience. We are not called to be submissive to the imposing world, but to be gentle and submissive to the Lord. Meekness refers to a kind and fair spirit…God’s cure for pride and arrogance.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: Meekness IS NOT Weakness. Contrary to the belief of so many, Christians should be empowered through Christ to speak with boldness in truth but with a meek or gentle spirit. We must learn the difference between speaking in pride and arrogance versus speaking with meekness and humility. While we should never approach any discussion with an argumentative spirit, we definitely shouldn’t feel like our voice isn’t valuable. As 2 Timothy 1:7 states, we are not given a spirit of fear but of power. With the power of Christ, we can speak without fear of condemnation from others. After all, it’s not their approval we seek nor will their endorsement bring any of us closer to God. We cannot plant seeds by never voicing objections to worldviews because we don’t want to be looked on as “not behaving in a Christian manner.” We cannot afford our knowledge of the Good News to go unheard.
PRAYER: Father, I desire the power, love and self-discipline that 2 Timothy speaks of. Let those words soak into my soul that I may come to an understanding that to be meek doesn’t mean to be weak or to be a doormat. Allow me to begin boldly but gently conveying Biblical truth into the lives around me without fear of opposition. I AM MEEK, walking in the footsteps of Moses and Jesus, living and speaking the words of my God to those around me with the authority of Christ in me, that it may plant seeds in those that do not know you. In Jesus’ name, AMEN.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amy and her family (John, Brianna and Alex) have been at Life for 11 years. Amy serves as the Pastoral Assistant at Life and is also a Certified Grief and Trauma Counselor. Outside of church Amy and John are Strongman and Powerlifting competitors within the ASL circuit.