October 06, 2010

Clothe Yourselves With Humility

Matthew 11:27-30

As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with … humility, gentleness …
Colossians 3:12


Living a life worthy of the Lord requires us to be humble and gentle, for the Lord said it of himself: “I am gentle and humble in heart.”

This is the Lord to whom “all authority in heaven and on earth has been given” (Matthew 28:18). Yet because there is humbleness and gentleness in his heart, that authority will be used in ways that honor and serve God and care for everything in God’s creation. And when Jesus says, “Come to me,” we can go to him knowing that he will be humble and gentle with us and that we can rest in him. He will bear our burdens with us.

Make sure you find time to rest with our humble and gentle Lord today.

Then ask yourself, How many people will I encounter today who feel the heaviness of a lifelong illness, a marriage in trouble, an addicted spouse, financial difficulties, or guilt over bad decisions they have made? How many people will I encounter today who need someone with whom they can find a minute or two of rest?

Would they feel free to come to me? Would they find me to be “gentle and humble in heart”?

How could Jesus, through me, give them rest?

Thank you, Jesus, for the rest I find in you. May I, with humbleness and gentleness of heart, help others to find the rest they need in you. In your name, Amen.

About the author — Harvey Stob

Rev. Harvey Stob and his wife, Audrey, served as missionaries in Argentina for eleven years. They then served churches in Cincinnati, Ohio; Ridgewood, New Jersey; and Ann Arbor, Michigan. Harvey retired from full-time pastoral work in 2009. He and Audrey have three children and seven grandchildren.

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