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.
- Matthew 11:29
The ways of Jesus are never brash or detached from relationship. His ways are personal and unassuming. He is gentle and lowly in heart. He is slow to anger and abounding in love. He is with us and for us. Incarnate. Flesh and blood. Bread and wine. Relational. Local. In a phrase: Jesus is humble.
Jesus invites us to learn from him. This means we cannot remove ourselves from pursuing humility in our homes, hearts, relationships, and workplaces.
It is, of course, tempting to do this, because humility seldom appears to be the best or most efficient way forward. It seems like humility gets in the way of progress and slows things down. Humble people often appear weak and dismissable.
And so, the Jesus way is often out of step and unwanted in the world today. What most people want is bold leaders who walk into a fight, gutsy people who say it like it is, slogans that are easy to remember, and pragmatic principles that promise a successful career, marriage, family, business, church, country, or whatever you happen to want in your life today.
Jesus offers another way forward. A way that is not imposed or clearly mapped out. A way that requires abiding in him and learning from him. A way that includes watching, waiting, suffering, praying, and working with him. A way that finds us hungering for righteousness, turning the other cheek, talking to an unseen God, and blessing our enemies.
I realize, at first glance, Jesus’ way seems like a waste of time. But it is the only way Jesus offers to those who follow him. So continue to humbly walk with Jesus, learn from him, and allow him to gradually, incrementally, and mysteriously change you into his likeness.