“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled (Matthew 5:5-6).

Jesus says blessed are the meek. We confuse meek with weak. Jesus identified His personality as meek in Matthew 11:29. Meekness is allowing the Almighty God to shape your life as the master designer. We see submission as losing, but it is allowing God to lift you up and fight for you. It’s the “Not My Will” but “Thy Will” battle. The “me first” attitude is the problem. Philippians 2 says, “Regard one another as more important than yourself.” Meek is selflessness, other-orientedness. Jesus also tells us to hunger and thirst for righteousness. Nutritionists tell us “We are what we eat.” Whether it’s eating fast food and doughnuts or filling your mind with sex and violence, what do you feed on? The urgency of these words gets lost on us as we never lack for food or water. Jesus is talking about dehydration and starvation that means we’ll die unless this all-consuming desperate need is met. God has set eternity in the hearts of humanity (Ecclesiastes 3:11), the soul’s pursuit of God. Righteousness is what makes us right with God. We can’t fix our relationship with God, so God provided for Himself what He required from us. Seeking to be right with God is embracing His gift of love, wanting Him more than any pleasure, possession, pursuit.

Adapted from “Change Your Attitude” by Rev. Dr. William A. Lewis