So, without these events, we would just drift along in the comfortable delusion that we’re already perfect – all of us together. I had something similar to this happen to me sometime back. I got a phone call from the father of a teenage client. And the child had been taken into protective services from his home, and he was really, really angry. I had nothing to do with that, didn’t know it was going to happen, didn’t think it was the best thing to do. He accused me of being in league with Child Protective Services – poured out a torrent of negative complaints. Totally paranoid. I just wanted to reach through the phone and slap him upside the head, like he had done to his daughter, but I didn’t. But I did understand how it felt if someone took my child without my permission. I was in a position where I had to listen. I did get the opportunity later to explain to Child Protective Services this his daughter, in her current state, is impossible to control and that action needed to be taken to protect both the father and the daughter. So that was somewhat satisfying to me. But we have to have these things happen, from time to time, to us so that we can understand that we do things wrongly, too. And if stuff comes our way that is not pleasant or not good, in one way or another, we deserve it.
Okay, so meekness is a gentle approach that comes from knowing that we deserve harsh treatment and, instead, receive the gentle approach from God. And it’s one other thing, too. What does it say will happen to all who become meek? Do you know what the rest of that verse is? Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. When is that going to happen? In the Kingdom. Yes, when Christ returns to establish His Kingdom, we will be resurrected to participate with Him in setting it up – at least, that’s our hope. So we can call meekness a kingdom skill, can’t we? A kingdom skill.
We read earlier, As prisoner of the Lord, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle. Be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. So unity of the Spirit and bond of peace are terms that are talking about the state that the church should be in. So meekness is the thing that causes the church to be at peace. This is the ability to let go of wounds and, as we do that, we all grow into the unity of Christ.
2 Tim. 2:24 – The Lord’s servant – now we’ve always thought that meant the ministry…. Who’s the Lord’s servant? You all are, aren’t you? We all are – all of us. The Lord’s servant must not quarrel. Instead, he must be kind to everybody, able to teach, not resentful. For those who oppose him, he must gently instruct in the hope that God will grant them repentance, leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive, to do his will.
So think about yourself as the Lord’s servant after the resurrection, when Christ returns. We’ll all be working for Him, helping to make the world a peaceful place. And what is the skill that we will need? Meekness. We will need to learn how to go easy on all these people and to be respectful of them, even if they were Muslims, or Buddhists, or Hindus, or whatever. We won’t have to talk harshly to them, I don’t think, because the evidence of God – what God is doing at that time – will be right in front of everybody’s face. So we will need to be gentle, and patient, and humble, and kind, as well as firm and uncompromising, with God’s way.