B@E2d: the third one
it is not a glamorous position to be meek. my dictionary widget defines meek as “quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive.” some people are just those first two things and don’t like it, but no one likes to be imposed on or submissive. that’s pretty much letting others walk all over you and being the one everyone punks on. not a fun thing (trust me).
most people prefer imposing themselves on other people. that’s a pretty basic nature of the human condition: we like to control others. we prefer to tell others what to do and make ourselves look better than them often at a severe emotional cost to them. we very rarely, if ever, submit to others and just do what they say and agree with what they say about us. we want to be the dominator, the boss, the bully tearing down the puny kid.
however, this is not the call that Christ calls us to. we are not called to be large and in charge, but small and submissive. the man who is big in his own head will be consider himself big compared to God. the man who knows that he is small and insignificant compared to God’s glory is the one who will be submissive to God’s will (this goes for women, too. hope i don’t get in trouble for that one). the one who thinks that they are important and significant is the one with the most to learn (still think you’re important, though, check this out).
understand, though, that the “meekness” that Jesus speaks of is not necessarily in the negative sense. Jesus is not saying that we are to be puny compared to other people. though we are to consider others better than ourselves (Philippians 2:3), we are also to take pride in our position in God’s Kingdom. we need to find pride and boldness in the strength found in the Presence of God and the absence of self (II Corinthians 12:9).
the promise given here is an inheritance of the earth. this is an confusing concept, as we know earth to be a world corrupted by sin and bound for destruction. the earth mentioned here, though, is the New Earth described more thoroughly in Revelation 21. as John writes,”then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.” Peter describes a similar place in the third chapter of his second letter as “the home of righteousness.” i don’t know about you, but i would like a place like that. the “new earth” that will come to replace this one that is a place where righteousness dwells sounds like swell living quarters to me.
nutshell: if we know our place in this world, the world to come will be ours. it isn’t exactly clear what this “new earth” will be, but we know that it will be good, and that it is attained by taking our proper place in God’s eyes. we aren’t supposed to feel like dirt, but neither are we supposed to be chilling on a high horse. our place is somewhere in the middle, taking in the depravity of our humanness and the holiness of God’s Being.