Meekness & Displaying Christ to the World
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. – Matthew 5:6–7
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One of the questions shared for Home Group last Sunday was, “How does being meek and hungry show Christ to the world?” Let’s ponder this for a moment.
Meekness and the Love of Christ
Pastor Burt shared that meekness is the valuing of others above oneself. The meek willingly suffer harm for the sake of another. The meek choose service and will receive glory. “This is all well and good,” one may say, “But does my meekness really show Christ to the world?” Yes.
There is no greater example of meekness than Jesus. Into a world that craves glory and fame, the truly glorious one came. Yet, while we weren’t receiving Him (John 1:11), so focused on finding our own form of fame, Jesus came, “not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:45). Jesus, full of glory and fame, worthy of our praise, came to His own and lived a meek life. While we were clamoring on comparing ourselves, seeking praise, and serving only in order to be served, we were being loved by God who showed, “…his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). Truly, Jesus’ meekness was to us the greatest act of love.
Could it then be, by the Spirit, God will work in me the power to live meekly in the world? Could I live in such a way that I would find mistreatment more desirable for the name of Jesus, than a moment of fame (Paul would say, “Yes you can!” according to 1 Corinthians 6:7)? If the meekness of Christ meant the greatest act of love to humanity and life transforming Gospel power, should I pursue that same meekness for Christ? If Christ’s meekness is life to me, can my meekness help the lost find life in Christ?
Yes. This is the way.
Hunger and the Righteousness of Christ
Meekness describes Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. Righteousness is the very essence and character of Christ. Christ is righteous, right in all He does, for Christ is God.
To hunger and thirst for righteousness is to desire and pursue the righteousness of God. As Burt shared Jesus calls us later in Matthew to, “…seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). Above any desire, even the desire for security and shelter tomorrow (this is the desire in the context of Matthew 6:33), the Christian call is to desire righteousness.
How does the world see Christ in my pursuit of righteousness? As with meekness, the pursuit of righteousness fills the world with the character of Christ. Imagine that. By the Spirit, you can both elevate the righteous works of Christ and pursue Him with a burning passion. As you lift up righteousness, you fight sinfulness and its effects in the world. Your pursuit of what Christ loves (righteousness) and your fight against what He hates (sinfulness) is evidence to the world of the true Christ.
Embrace Meekness and Righteousness
As a final word, it must be said that both the meekness AND righteousness of Christ are to be pursued in the Christian. Someone may tell you that for the sake of Christ, you must elevate the meekness of Christ in your life and drop the pursuit of righteousness. The world may receive meek people, but the world mocks a Christianity that talks about sin and righteousness (God’s righteous standard). “Don’t you dare put a standard on me!”
Friend, the world needs Christ’s meekness and Christ’s righteousness. Without meekness, the world will not see Christ’s love. Without righteousness, the world will not see that Christ’s love came at great cost (my sin meant His death). Christians elevate Christ in the pursuit of meekness and righteousness. When we pursue these things, the world will be shown the true Christ.