The Fruit of Meekness is known to many as the fruit of strength under control.
There is no one who has exemplified the spirit of meekness or humility as the Lord Jesus.
But that is not to say that we are not to take notice of how this character trait was also developed in the many heroes of the Bible as well.
During the days of Moses, we discover in the book of Numbers 12:3 that God declared him to be very meek, above all the men who were upon the face of the earth.
You know… when God makes a declaration about someone it would behoove us to take notice.
I mean… I don’t believe that God would do so if he didn’t want us to learn something from them… that we could add to our lives to help us in our Christian journey.
Howbeit… It may be the good… the bad and yes the ugly also.
All of this was recorded that we might gain more informational knowledge, wisdom, and a better understanding of God our Father.
And also of the way, we should govern ourselves as the children and people of God.
Nevertheless, the Lord Jesus is our greatest example of anything that we wish to pattern… or structure our lives after that which relates to life and godliness.
After all beloved, it is he in whom God wishes to conform us into the image of as believers and as his children.
The Beauty of Meekness.
We witness the beauty of meekness in Christ throughout the scriptures.
We especially see it in the invitation that we receive from the Lord Jesus found in Mathew chapter 11 verses 28 thru 30.
Where we find these words…
Verse 28. Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Verse 29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest unto your souls.
And verse 30. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The thing that’s so beautiful and intriguing to me about this invitation is that it is for all.
Yes, my beloved friend the invitation is for whosoever it may be… that are finding it hard to deal with the stresses and the hardships of life.
Here’s another thing about this invitation…
It beckons me to ponder and ask myself the same question that king David asked in Psalm 8:4 where we find these words…
What is man that you take notice of him, or the son of man that you pay attention to him?
We all should be asking ourselves that question from time to time as we move forward in the blessings of our Heavenly Father.
Another beautiful thing about this extraordinary invitation is that the Lord Jesus answers the question for us in Mathew chapter 11 verse 29 that King David asked.
You see beloved it’s in the Lord’s meekness and lowliness of heart that he cares for us and wishes to assist us and give us his rest.
There’s absolutely no doubt that our Lord Jesus is the epitome of meekness in all of its fullness and beauty.
And we must understand that…
Meekness Is Not An Easy Choice.
We find many examples in our Bibles of men and women alike… failing tremendously when it comes to exhibiting a spirit of meekness.
But if we are honest with one another we can also tell a lot of stories about ourselves… and how we too have been overtaken with foolish pride instead of choosing humility.
Pride is the enemy of meekness and there is probably nothing that God finds more abominable than the sin of pride.
It’s no wonder though… and it’s because the sin of pride is at the root of all sin.
When sin first entered into the world it was because of foolish pride.
The Lord Jesus said that he beheld Satan… like lightning… fall from heaven.
Satan lost his place and authority in heaven and was kicked out because of pride.
He tempts us just as he tempted Eve in the Garden with prideful thoughts of exalting our own will above the will of our heavenly Father.
Every time that we choose to sin it’s mainly because we choose to be prideful and not humble ourselves under the mighty hand of the God who loves us.
When I think about it…
Beloved, It’s the mercy and meekness and the strength of God which remains under control that we are not consumed in His wrath.
Romans 6 verse 23 tells us that the wages of sin is death.
Meditate on that for a while, and see if you don’t agree with me… that God truly has strength under control.
Meekness is Being Who God wants us to be.
I’m pretty sure that you have heard someone say that they need to find themselves or discover who they are.
That’s a good quest to be on… That’s if you are looking to find or discover your identity in the right person.
And that person my good friend would be in Jesus the Christ.
In the gospel of Jesus Christ, we find him telling us this.
Whoever will save his life shall lose it… but whoever will lose his life for my sake… the same shall save it. Luke chapter 9 verse 24.
That’s a statement that truly shakes and contradicts the philosophy of many folks today even as it did when the Lord spoke it during his earthly ministry.
Nevertheless, as a Christian and Christ-Follower… I can tell you that I have found it to be a very true statement in my own life and also in the lives of the people around me.
We Must Find Our Identity in Christ.
We live in a world full of folks with an identity crisis.
How do I know this?
Well, beloved, I know this because I was once someone with that same problem.
I was one that looked for my identity and tried to establish my worth and my significance in the wrong places… putting my trust in the wrong people and in the wrong things.
I too was so bamboozled and hoodwinked into thinking and believing that I could find myself outside of the Lord Jesus.
I was dead wrong.
And please excuse the bluntness of my speech.
But if you are not seeking to know your true identity in Christ Jesus… You too are dead wrong if you are searching for who you are, and who you were created to be, in some other person, place or thing.
We must humble ourselves and truly submit to God if we are ever going to know the plans that he has for each of us.
And speaking of plans…
We should learn the practice of committing our plan or plans unto the Lord.
And here’s why…
Meekness is Doing What God wants us to do.
As a matter of fact, let me tell you how the Lord brought this truth to my understanding.
This is what I believe our heavenly Father communicated to me.
He said to me that I can go on through life attempting to do my own thing.
He further told me that until I commit to doing things his way… I would continue to crash.
Let me be the first to tell you that God is true to his word.
But there is something else that I wish for you to understand and it is this.
Even though I sometimes wish that I could have made some wiser choices in my youth and as a young adult.
God is still faithful… Beloved when we commit to doing things the way God wants us to… Life gets a whole lot better.
Let me just add this… God knows everything and our choices never catches him by surprise… nor do they catch him off guard.
God knows our thoughts and intentions before we know them ourselves.
As a matter of fact, Hebrews chapter 4 verse 13 states it this way…
There is no creature that is hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and laid open before the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
Simply put… God knows all… and sees all.
So, please do not fret my dearly beloved.
As long as you and I have breath it’s not too late to humble ourselves and say yes to God.
He can turn our ashes into beauty… and God will use every bit of our lives for his glory.
Sure we are still going to have some hills to climb and a few valleys to tread through… but our heavenly Father will be with us every moment of the way.
He has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. See Hebrews 13 verse 5.
I’m reminded of what the prophet Jeremiah said in Lamentations 3 verse 27 when he said this…
It is good when a young man carries the yoke of discipline in his youth.
This simply means that it’s good to start learning how to trust and obey God at an early age.
I must also remind you of what the Lord admonishes us to do in Mathew chapter 11 verse 29, wherein he tells us to take his yoke upon us… and learn of him.
This is what we must do our best to encourage and persuade the younger generations coming behind us to take heed to… above everything else.
In other words, we need to display the fruit of meekness and be as transparent as possible, that we may allow them to see that we too… are still a work in progress.
Can Meekness Be The Key to Success?
If meekness or being of a humble spirit are among the keys to a successful life…
Well, it absolutely contradicts the world’s philosophy of getting them… before they get me… way of thinking and living.
I want you to think with me for a little while.
So, here’s the deal beloved… Jesus told us that the children of the world in their generation are wiser than the children of light.
We find that verse of scripture in Luke 16 verse 8.
Let me share something with you about that if you will…
It was not until the Holy Spirit started teaching me about having a good work ethic that I discovered what our Lord was saying to us in this verse.
And it hasn’t been until recently that I discovered that this truth covers a wide variety of life’s situations and life’s dealings.
But, since we are still on the subject or should I say the topic of meekness… Let me share with you what the Lord our God opened my eyes to see.
You see the reason that the Lord tells us that the children of the world are wiser than we as children of light… is because they utilize Kingdom principles.
Yet, they don’t really understand that they are doing things God’s way.
We Christians have been tricked by that enemy to believe that he has the last say over what happens in the earth.
We have also been tricked into believing that he has complete power over the system of the world and its governing authorities.
Let us remember what the Lord shared with us in Mathew 28 verse 18 when he said these words…
All power is given unto me in heaven… and in earth.
This means that Satan can’t do anything unless the Lord allows him to do so.
Yes, … the enemy of our souls has demons and people that he uses in the world system… But God is still in full control.
Romans 13 verses 1 and 2 states it like this…
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God… the powers that be are ordained of God.
Whosoever, therefore, resists the power, resists the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves judgment.
So you ask what does this have to do with meekness?
I’m glad you asked… because it has everything to do with it.
But first, let me make something very clear.
And it’s that we must come to terms with the fact that every choice that we make has a judgment.
If we choose meekness and humility we will be exalted… and if we choose to be rebellious and prideful we will be brought down to the ground.
You see when the children of the world want to advance on their jobs or in society they do it the way that God tells us as Christians to do it.
That’s by submitting and humbling themselves and yet they do it not all of the time from a sincere heart or with pure motives.
They humble themselves for selfish gain.
I mean… Let’s face it. That’s just the way of the world… So don’t be amazed.
But you see beloved the principles of meekness are going to work no matter who chooses to put them into action.
This is what you and I as Christ-following believers must take to heart and realize.
My friend, there are some universal laws that God has spoken into the moral fabric of life that applies to… and which governs the entire Universe.
In the letter that the Apostle Paul wrote to the Colossians, we find in chapter 3, verses 22 thru 24, that we are commanded to obey those that are over us in the workplace.
And we are commanded to do it not with eye service or as being men-pleasers.
This means that we should do our jobs with integrity if they are watching us or not.
We as Christians are told to do our work as unto the Lord.
Now I must be honest with you… it took me quite some time to learn what this looks like and how to flesh out this business of doing my job or work as unto the Lord.
I’m still learning… And maybe this part will help you as it did for me.
I don’t know about you, but with me, it’s hard not to say anything when something does not make sense to me.
Especially when it comes to being instructed to do something that I don’t necessarily agree with.
Believe it or not… we all come into this world with a rebel heart and we don’t like to be told what to do.
So even if what we are being instructed to do is something that makes total sense… we still have a desire to rebel against authority.
Beloved here is a scripture that you and I should keep at the forefront of our minds.
We find it in Proverbs 6:23.
For the commandment is a lamp, and the law is light, and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.
Beloved this means that as long as we live on the face of this earth we are going to have to receive instructions… reproofs and rebuke.
This is how meekness is developed in us.
And another thing to remember is that the Lord chastens the one that he loves.
Listen, if a man, a woman, a boy or a girl does not receive any reproof from the Lord they are none of his.
So we need to learn how to take the reproofs of instructions as good soldiers and stewards of the Lord our God.
Here are a few things that we need to have instilled in us as Christ-Followers.
1. We must have a healthy attitude towards authority.
2. We need to understand and believe that all power and authority is of God and is ordained of God.
And 3… Beloved we have to also come to a realization that if we rebel against the authority that God has placed over us that we are rebelling against him as well.
I can remember the exact spot that I was in when I asked God to give me a proper attitude towards authority.
If you have not asked God to give you a healthy attitude for authority… This should be the first thing that you do when you finish listening to this talk.
It’s easy to be submitted to pleasant authority figures… But we as Christ-followers are commanded also to submit to the froward authority as well.
Beloved it’s a very good chance that you will experience froward authority at some point in your Christian journey.
My advice to you… when you do is to remember that nothing can come your way except the Lord allows it.
And If he allows it… It is to make you a better… a much stronger… a wiser… and a more gentle and loving person of God.
As we draw to the closing points of this talk let us reflect on this…
Meekness Is An important Key to Spiritual Growth.
Except a seed falls to the ground and dies it can bear no fruit.
Those are words that truly speak to the fruit of meekness and humility.
It’s probably safe to say that when it comes to God the Holy Spirit developing and cultivating his fruit in us…
We probably get in the way of him teaching us and cultivating the fruit of meekness in us more than any other fruit of the Spirit.
You know… It’s that pride thing.
So, to be declared meek and humble it’s going to take dying to ourselves.
And probably more dying than it takes with any other fruit of the Spirit. At least it seems this way to me anyway.
But, we must not mistake humility for being passive or inactivity.
Passivity is when one goes about his or her life accepting whatever happens and has no active response or resistance to the matter.
Does life call us to be passive in some situations?
Sure… sometimes it does.
There are even verses in our bibles that supports this.
However, meekness is an action word.
Why do I say that?
Well, I say that because meekness is being able to handle a situation or problem with gentleness and kindness even if you are angry.
That… my beloved is called strength under control.
It’s not easy… it’s not natural for humans… beloved, it’s supernatural and we can’t do it without the Holy Spirit living the life of Christ through us.
Now before we end this talk let me first show you a verse that speaks to what I said about meekness being an action word.
We find the verses in the same epistle that we find the fruit of the Spirit listed.
Yes, you guessed it… Galatians 6, verses 1 thru 3 where we find these words.
Brothers, if a man be overtaken in a fault, you which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering yourself, lest you also be tempted.
Bear you one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
For if a man thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
These verses of the scriptures are some of the most important admonitions that we as Christ-Followers can heed to and put into practice concerning the fruit of meekness.
And I say it again… It’s all about taking the appropriate actions.
Beloved my prayer for us all is that we as the children of God will learn to submit to God in the spirit of meekness and in love.
When we learn this… then will we be able to wisely submit to the authority that he places in our lives and truly honor him as we should do… with genuine and respectful hearts.
Well, beloved, that’s going to do it for this portion of Character Building Fruit… The Fruit of Meekness.
But as always…
Keep up the good practice…
And experience the power of God giving you a new life…