Want To Be A Great Man Of God? Try Being Weak Meek And Humble!
Posted by Job on July 7, 2009
So many people want to be great men and mighty men of God. It is not necessarily always due to vainglory, but rather out of a sincere desire to serve God, emulate the heroes of the faith, to meet the needs of the church, to help the poor, needy, widows, and oppressed, and to fulfil the mandates of scripture. So many people want to say “Here I am, Lord, send me!” One of those sent by God was Moses, and about him was said that he was the most meek man on the face of the earth (Numbers 12:3). When Moses stepped outside of that meekness and tried to be great in his own strength, what happened? He slew an Egyptian. When Moses stepped outside of that meekness and tried to be great in his own strength again, what happened? He smote the rock and was forbidden entry into Israel as punishment. It was only in his meekness that he was a fit vessel for God to use.
This is the spiritual principle spoken of in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10.
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
When we are weak, God is strong. Rather than focusing on our weakness and pitying ourselves for it, we should be joyful and glorify God because our conditions are ripe for the opportunity for God to work great things through us. How does God use our weakness to do great things? Primarily through prayer, but ultimately however God chooses. God is sovereign. The issue is not how God uses us in our weakness, but rather that we must become weak so that God’s strength will be manifested. If we do things in our strength, we get the credit from a fallen humanity that can only see the natural and is inherently inclined to follow and respond to human strength and power. (This is why people will follow the anti-Christ, and have followed his foreshadowers throughout history.) But if things get accomplished in our weakness, miraculous amazing unexplainable things, then it can only point to God as the author and finisher of these things, and it is God who is glorified. Thus, a person must seek to become weak, meek and humble so that God will use this person as a conduit to accomplish His will on earth as it is in heaven. Jesus Christ did say “blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5
It is fitting, for Jesus Christ Himself is the greatest example and fulfillment of this teaching. First see Hebrews 2:9-10.
But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
Next see Philippians 2:5-12.
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Jesus Christ, being the sinless perfect God of the universe worthy to receive only honor and praise lowered Himself to the limitations of humanity to receive rejection and scorn, take on the sins of humanity, and suffer death on a cross. In Jesus Christ’s condescension, His state of humiliation, His weakness, God used Him as Savior, the greatest of roles.
However, the result of Jesus Christ’s being used in this manner? He was glorified by God the Father! Jesus Christ became meek, lowly and humble and the result was His being glorified (John 17:5). As a result of His becoming meek and humble, all power was given to Him by God the Father, and every knee shall bow and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord. Praise be to Jesus Christ, who is worthy to be praised! Worship the Lord, Savior and King Jesus Christ, whose rule and kingdom shall never end!
And as Jesus Christ is our trailblazer and role model, just as Jesus Christ was used to accomplish great things for God the Father in His weakness, so should Christians become weak and meek so that Jesus Christ can use us to accomplish great things for Him. So, Christian, seek to excel in humility and achieve in weakness, and flee any doctrine or teacher that instructs you otherwise!