Thursday, December 06, 2007

Meekness Is A Sign Of Godliness

If there is one thing we are invaded with in the USA is advertising and marketing. It is the preferred way of companies and businesses letting you know they exist. They want to let you know that their products and services are available to you. Anywhere you look and anywhere you listen someone is promoting themselves and what they offer. TV, printed and radio ads dominate the time and space of your favorite shows or publications. Ads are all over the internet. Billboards dominate the sky scene of our streets, roads and express ways.

As if this were not enough, much of the advertising is not so much about, “I am here,” but about, “I am the best.” Since companies and businesses compete for market share, they often advertise about how they are better than their competition and why. There is a lot of bragging and self-exaltation in advertising. Phrases such as - “We are the leading…,” “We are the first…,” “We are the fastest…” and “We are the biggest…” – are very common. Have we not heard these phrases elsewhere? If we stop to think about it these are the same phrases are commonly used by people like you and I. Companies and Businesses reflect the same identity of those who run them. When the people running these entities are proud, conceited and arrogant so are the entities they run. These attributes, however, are a lot more common than we think. Even people who do not run businesses use them to describe themselves. And, those who listen often cheer them on. “Flaunt it if you have it,” and “Toot your own horn” is what you hear them say. It is the nature of unconverted man.

But, pride, conceit and arrogance are the opposite of meekness. No wonder sinful men hate it. Men and women who are meek are considered weak, mocked, misjudged and misrepresented. True meekness stands against the principles of this world. True meekness is a gift given by the Holy Spirit to those who allow Him to dwell in them. As opposed to those who reject the Holy Spirit who are following their master, who said,

Isaiah 14: 13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
Isaiah 14: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.

In contrast, Christ calls Himself meek Matthew 11:29 and says that He favors the meek (Matthew 5: 5). In 2 Corinthians 10:1 Paul talks of meekness as an attribute of Christ. In fact, Paul advises us Philippians 2: 5-8,

Philippians 2: 5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Humble yourself and submit to the Holy Spirit. Paul also describes agape as not being the opposite of meekness: “…love vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,” (1 Corinthians 13: 4). For his part, John says that meekness is part of the fruit of the Spirit, (Galatians 5:23).

The World hates God. The World hates meekness because it is one of the characteristics of the character of God. Therefore, anyone who is meek will be hated because they remind the World of Christ. In remembering Christ they realize how sinful they are. Which is not something that anyone likes to be reminded of; it shatters their pride, as it shows how vain and empty they truly are. The meek accept their vanity and emptiness, plus they let God fill them with His righteousness and glory. Will you do likewise?