Discipleship and the Gentleness of God
We need to experience the gentleness of God, so that we can grow in reliance in our relationship with Him. The Trinity is gentle and other-centered. Matthew 11:28 – 30 says, “Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Notice that Christ described himself as being meek, lowly, and refreshing. With Him, we find rest for our souls. In the same way, it is true of God the Father. With Him, we find rest for our souls too.
Who was Christ speaking to when he said this? He was speaking to the Jews of his time who were being oppressed by the religious rules of the Pharisees. Those Judeans were exhausted and worn out by all the religious expectations they had to meet. All of these rules were based on the thought that this would create a life of blessedness. But the truth is that God is other-centered, and by knowing Him and His gentleness, we find refreshment and the great surprise. The great surprise is that God is humble and other-centered. We truly matter to Him. Another great surprise is that when we enter heaven, we will discover that God wants us there more than we want to be there.
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