Unlimited: Learn from Me
Dec 26, 2019 721
Learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart (Matthew 11:29, NIV).
We are often told that we need to learn from Jesus. However, we might think this means learning doctrines or theology. But that’s not what Jesus means in the text above.
Jesus means something else entirely. He is inviting you to learn to have a heart like his. Just think about what that means. It means to love as he loves, and to be grieved at those things that grieve him.
Specifically, Jesus is inviting you to be gentle and humble in heart. This is an invitation that many people simply aren’t interested in because the world tells them that this isn’t the way to succeed. We often believe the opposite: that the way to get ahead is to be forceful and proud in heart.
In the context of his times, Jesus was really inviting his listeners to become his disciples. That invitation is for us today, as well. The word “disciple” meant “a learner.” Disciples learnt from their teachers, not by listening to formal lectures, but by living with the teacher and observing his life. By living together with him, they learnt to live like him.
Jesus was saying that the most important thing he wanted his disciples to learn about and imitate was his humility and his gentleness of heart. This should be uppermost in how we seek to live as disciples of Jesus.
– Eliezer Gonzalez
Eli’s Reflection:Jesus expanded on the qualities of gentleness and humility in the Beatitudes in Matthew 5: 3-12. Read these through. How was each of the Beatitudes reflected in the life of Jesus? Which of these qualities will you ask Jesus to help you develop in your own life?