Google is looking for failures. Well, not exactly; they look for people who have failed and who, through the experience of failing, have developed a certain humility and grace about how they learn and respond. The NFL is looking for men who don’t know how to play football. Well, not exactly; they are looking for players with lots of raw talent but who are willing to learn from a coach. In every type of endeavor there are hotshots and superstars who flame out because they think they have all the answers. They get replaced by people who are willing to learn and grow.
That’s the principle behind this next saying of Jesus:
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. (Matthew 5:5)
Jesus didn’t say a timid milquetoast; He said the “meek,” which means teachable. When used to describe a horse, ‘meek’ means gentled and trainable, responsive to the commands of its trainer. A meek person is not a doormat. Rather, he or she is responsive, in this case to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Jesus described Himself as meek:
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle (literally, ‘meek’) and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (Matthew 11:29)
Meekness, in this teaching, follows spiritual emptiness (poor in spirit), and grief (those who mourn). Jesus promised to comfort those who mourn their spiritual bankruptcy. How? By giving them the Holy Spirit (also called The Comforter in John 14:16) to live in their souls forever. (See: Don’t Take the Fire Escape!) But the Holy Spirit does no good for the person who is not meek, who does not listen and respond.
The promise for the meek, however, is that they will inherit the earth. This promise, is in the future tense because it will become a reality one day. It’s ultimate fulfillment will come at the end of the age, when God creates a new, perfect heaven and earth.
But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. (2 Peter 3:13)
What will a perfect earth be like? I cannot imagine it. But you don’t want to miss it. Be meek.