Matthew 11:29 (NLT)
29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Let me teach you Christ asks. Are our hearts in a place to receive him? Why does he follow it with:
Because I am humble… We just can’t get it. Our pastor has a great little string he uses every once in awhile about how it’s hard to be humble because we end up being proud of how humble we are – you can imagine how it runs. But, with Christ it’s different – he is humble to the point that we don’t even comprehend how humble he is because it’s so far out of our bandwidth to comprehend – our vanity won’t let us get there.
Luke 24:44-45 (NLT)
44 Then he said, “When I was with you before, I told you that everything written about me in the law of Moses and the prophets and in the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.
He opened their minds to understand the scriptures. We have the advantage of the New Testament that they didn’t. They had the advantage of being with Christ. We have to humble ourselves to be willing to be taught. Christ wants to teach us and we have to be willing to do what it takes to be good students.
Acts 2:32-33 (NLT)
32 “God raised Jesus from the dead, and we are all witnesses of this. 33 Now he is exalted to the place of highest honor in heaven, at God’s right hand. And the Father, as he had promised, gave him the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us, just as you see and hear today…”
He knew where he was going from the time before there was time. He humbled himself for us with humility our vanity can’t comprehend. He sets the bar and asks us to join him so we can be taught. We have to put our vanity behind that to go.
Colossians 3:17 (NLT)
17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Think about what it means to be a representative of the Lord. Our proud vanity will struggle with humbly acknowledging what a great job we’re doing. It’s part of our character defects we can thank the first Adam for. Still, as we recognize how far we are from God we can only be humbled and hope that his teachings sink in, giving thanks and endless gratitude for His blessings.