People pursue education and career mostly for two reasons–possession and power. Power and possession are either for protection or aggression. Even in some church leadership, this is obvious–they pursue advanced studies to seek higher positions and power, either to protect or to conquer.
But they all forget one thing–Jesus said blessed are the meek because they inherit the earth.
Meekness disciplines us to pursue knowledge without seeking possession or power. Jesus “did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage,” [Philippians 2]. He is the Fountain of knowledge and wisdom and yet he never used that for gaining possession and power, “but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant.”
Ironically, giving up everything made him rule over everything. All creation bow down to him, Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess his Lordship. He gave proof that indeed, the meek inherit the earth, not by human effort but through God’s endowment. And yet, we often fail to see this truth.
We like inheriting possession and power through the world: through man-invented titles and degrees, positions and connections which we pursue relentlessly through power politics and showmanship.
Meekness disciplines us to pursue knowledge without seeking possession or power.
In truth, nobody wants meekness–no one wants to deny the self, give up everything, and follow the Epitome of meekness. Everyone is running after fame, recognition, self-importance and power–despite the truth that all these can be had (given by God to you on a silver platter) only with genuine meekness.
Though despised by all, meekness is more powerful than a thousand nuclear warheads detonating at the same time. A thousand nuclear bombs can only destroy the earth. Meekness turns both the material and spiritual world upside down and demolishes the the kingdom of Satan.
When Jesus emptied himself and took the form of a bond-servant, something drastic happened in both the material and spiritual realms. Multitude of angels were dispatched to earth and even the heavens felt obligated to assist the Magi from the East to find where the boy Jesus was.
The best impetus, then, for seeking knowledge is meekness.