I have just finished an extremely encouraging devotional book called Gentle and lowly by Dane Orlund.
The whole book is a mediation on the heart of Christ based on Matthew 11v29
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
The Authorised Version says gentle and lowly rather than gentle and humble. Hence the book title. Ortlund uses Christian authors from previous generations to guide him as he unpacks the heart of Christ. I found chapter after chapter to be encouraging and uplifting. A great way to start the day. I fully commend the book to you.
Here are a few nuggets from the first chapter.
“Gentle and lowly.” This, according to his own testimony, is Christ’s very heart. This is who he is. Tender. Open. Welcoming. Accommodating. Understanding. Willing. If we are asked to say only one thing about who Jesus is, we would be honouring Jesus’s own teaching if our answer is, gentle and lowly.
Meek. Humble. Gentle. Jesus is not trigger- happy. Not harsh, reactionary, easily exasperated. He is the most understanding person in the universe. The posture most natural to him is not a pointed finger but open arms.
The point in saying that Jesus is lowly is that he is accessible. For all his resplendent glory and dazzling holiness, his supreme uniqueness and otherness, no one in human history has ever been more approachable than Jesus Christ.
Only as we drink down the kindness of the heart of Christ will we leave in our wake, everywhere we go, the aroma of heaven, and die one day having startled the world with glimpses of a divine kindness too great to be boxed in by what we deserve.
He doesn’t simply meet us at our place of need; he lives in our place of need. He never tires of sweeping us into his tender embrace. It is his very heart. It is what gets him out of bed in the morning.