gentle Jesus, the invitation

Jesus invites us to take His yoke, to learn from Him, and to be gentle and lowly, like Him.

heavens pen by Sue Kemnitz

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Holy Spirit’s big plan is one thing and one thing alone. It is to form us into the image of Jesus. It is all about Jesus, after all. The verses above, I believe, are the initial stepping stones to do that. If we don’t take these to heart, nothing else will flourish for any length of time.

Invitation one:

Take His yoke. We often see the pictures of the oxen yoked together. This keeps them in line. Keeps them from running amuk on their own and out of mischief, or, even worse, from just settling in one spot and not going anywhere at all. But, given the context, this is not what Jesus meant. Jesus is yoked to the Father, not for control, but so the Father can do all the heavy lifting with His broad shoulders. So that as the Father whispers, we can hear clearly. And when the Father winks at us, we can see His pleasure—the light of His countenance—His smile.

Invitation two:

Learn from Jesus. How does Jesus love? Unconditionally and eternally steadfast. How does Jesus react? With joy, patience, forgiveness, and mercy. How does Jesus see? Through His heart into ours. How does Jesus walk? Intentionally. How does Jesus know? Through intimacy, the give and take, called prayer. How does Jesus speak? Only with the words of a loving Father. How does He live? Simply. Why does He die? To rise.

Invitation three:

Be gentle and humble. I think of how Jesus treated the women in His life. “Mom, it’s not time for miracles, but since you desire it, so do I.” Jesus defends Mary, who simply sits at His feet. He knows the value of sweet perfume and tears. He raises Lazareth, to show His love for Martha and Mary. He forgives the adulteress and gives Living Water at the well. Lowly and humbly, not once boasting of the many miracles. In fact, quite the contrary.

These aren’t always welcome invitations. There are times this week when I haven’t reacted in joy, let alone patience, when I haven’t been intentional. And haven’t felt mercy. And that’s exactly when the Holy Spirit invites us back, assures us, that we’re loved, and leads us back to Jesus, Himself. The Living Water and the Rest we need.

That’s Good News!

When has Jesus prompted you this week to be better? And did you feel the reassurance of His love afterwards? Give us a sentence or two about it.

Only Believe.

heavens pen by Sue Kemnitz
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