Matthew 11:29 (NET) Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Mat was very intelligent and gifted. He had several skills and abilities and was a very successful and important man.
Because he had been a Christian for many years, he realized that humility was one of the powerful virtues that allow for spiritual promotion in the kingdom, so he tried to be a humble person, but his reference point was himself not Christ. He had an appearance of humility and would bow to greet people who are older than him, but his heart was still full of pride. If someone disrespected him because of his appearance of humility, he wouldn’t let it go but would find a clever way to retaliate.
This continued until the Lord revealed to him that he was not truly humble but merely had an appearance of humility.
Jesus our LORD says in today’s verse that we should learn from Him, that He is humble and gentle in heart. Humility begins from the heart and would ultimately manifest in our actions. Every human being born into this world was born with a proud and selfish heart. It takes the educational system of the Holy Spirit to make a person truly humble in heart. Circumstances can impose humility upon people, but those same people would become as proud as they really are at heart if or when the circumstances turn around.
Many sins are a product of pride in the heart. For example, the reason people lie so that they would not be embarrassed is because of pride in the heart.
The only way we can become truly humble at heart is to learn from the Lord. If God our master was humble to the point of death on the cross for us, and yet has ultimately not lost anything but rather gained many sons to glory, we ought to follow His example.
Go into today knowing that it is the meek person that God can teach His ways. God resists the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.
Prayer: Lord, help me look unto you and overcome every pride and insecurity. Give me a truly meek and gentle heart, in Jesus name. Amen.
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