If you had to write a short one liner describing yourself what would you write? What if someone else had to define your character using one short line of words, what do you think it would say?
What would you write about Jesus in one line? What do you think He would write about Himself?
The only description Jesus ever gave of Himself is found in Matthew 11:29.
I am gentle and lowly in heart
No doubt, Jesus could have said amazing things about Himself. If we are confident people, then I’m sure without hesitation we can reiterate remarkable words about our self.
Why did Jesus describe Himself only once, and why only two expressions—gentle and lowly in heart?
I believe it was because of the “H” Word—humble—He was humble.
There are certain words that cause our flesh to recoil. To humorously ease you into them, I like to call them the “H” Word, the “F” Word or the “S” Word, etc. etc.
The “H” Word—humble or humility
The “F” Word—forgive or forgiveness
The “P” Word—pride
The “S” Word—submit, surrender or suffering
The “R” Word—relinquish or resignation
All joking aside, Jesus chose to describe Himself not with words of grandeur, but with simple yet difficult words that we as followers of Christ, by His grace, need to duplicate within our self.
Let’s look at all of Matthew 11:29
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.
One way this scripture can be seen is—Jesus saying;
“Take my yoke”—submit to my ways.
“Learn from me”—listen, I have something to teach you.
“I’m gentle and lowly in heart”—I am humble.
“You will find rest for your soul”—in following these steps you will find a rare attribute to add to your life—peace.
As we submit to His yoke and humbly learn from Him we will be like Him and our heart, mind, will and emotions will be at peace.
In Romans 12:3 Paul says,
I warn everyone among you not to estimate and think of himself more highly than he ought [not to have an exaggerated opinion of his own importance], but to rate his ability with sober judgment, each according to the degree of faith apportioned by God to him.
We need to be honest in our estimation of our self, always measuring ourselves to God and His Word. Confidence is good and needed, but why not be gentle and lowly in heart? Thus, confident in who God is in us.
It’s easy to boast of God and unlike boasting in our self—it’s always true!
Psalm 34:2 “My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad.”
There is a difference in being confidently humble verses humbly confident!
Be encouraged to live a life marked by humility.
Psalm 131 “Lord, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I don’t concern myself with matters too great or too awesome for me to grasp.Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord—now and always.”