Meek and Weak.
Words that rhyme and words that many people mistake for being synonyms.
Words that many people in our society would not want to embrace or have as adjectives to describe them.
But… seeing as this is a “Keys to Life” Series… you’ve got to bet I am going to try and challenge those ideas and show you why embracing meekness and your weakness is SO important to truly living.
Let’s start with the different between the words.
Meekness is having or showing a quiet, gentle, and humble nature… enduring injury with patience and without resentment (thank you Mr. Webster).
Not. So. Bad. EH?
Weakness, on the other hand, is the state or condition of lacking strength… a quality or feature regarded as a disadvantage or fault.
Do you see the major difference here?? One is actually a mature ability and the other is a lack of ability.
Now comes the hard part… you need to embrace both. And seeing as this is a “Sacred Sunday,” you know that this has some Scriptural backing.
Paul describes Jesus as being meek in 2 Corinthians 1:10… last I checked… Christians were literally “Christ followers” and are trying to become more and more like Christ day by day. But, if that is not enough for you… We are commanded in Colossians 3:12 to…
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience…”
(Don’t worry… I won’t just throw a bible verse at you and say just do it. We’ll flesh this out!)
As for weakness, I am not telling you to make sure to BE weak… I am telling you that you ARE weak and that you need to embrace this reality (please note that embrace is not spelled s.u.c.c.u.m.b. t.o.). The great thing is, God knows where we are weak and He will not leave us to suffer in our weakness, but rather will offer us His strength!… As 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says…
“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
Paul boasted of weakness… wow… I only asked you to embrace your weakness… looks like I need to bump up the calling!
Okay. So we have our “Jesus Card” played. You know that being meek and
embracing boasting in weakness are Christ-like things to do… but is it really worth it? You can know what is right, but if you don’t believe it is true, you won’t follow through.
So why be meek? Meekness allows you to be the calming person in the room… the person that people know they can trust… to be someone that others know is not only out for themselves. Meekness is what tells others you are safe… and lets people know that you will not treat them harshly. This all leads to harmonious, genuine, and caring relationships. Meekness doesn’t mean being a pushover, it means not being the one who forces their opinion or way… not being one to use harsh language… not being boisterous or haughty. Honestly, for every measure you are not meek, is an equal measure of people not wanting to be around you.
So maybe I have convinced you on this meekness thing… but weak?! You cannot… CANNOT do life on your own. No one can. No one is able to handle everything that comes their way. There are areas that we may not want to show weakness in for fear of being overcome or looking… well… weak to others. Why are we letting our fear of looking weak to men rob us of allowing God’s strength to enter into our weakness to make us stronger than we could EVER be on our own?? When we let go and say, I am weak. THAT is when God enters in and says watch what I can do! When God fills in your weakness you have the blessing of being a light and testimony to our Lord’s greatness and goodness and work in the lives of His children. So instead of pretending and stumbling over and over again, admit your weakness to God and your fellow brothers and sisters. Allow God to work in you and give your brothers and sisters the freedom and confidence to do the same.
So there it is. (Well… to be honest I would love to say more… but I don’t want this to get to long to where I lose you!)
I would love to receive your feedback and questions… even push back. Which do you struggle with more being meek or embracing weak? Comment below!