February 24, 2023

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30

Of all the descriptions Jesus could use to define His characteristics, He described Himself as gentle and humble in heart. We are to be imitators of Him, so these are targets for all of us.

1. HUMILITY IS NOT LOW SELF-ESTEEM. Instead, it’s a realistic estimation of our humanity and a healthy acknowledgment of God’s love and support for us. We can have healthy self-esteem – not because we are in pride but because God esteems us as worth the blood of His son, Jesus. Take time to study who you are in Christ and how much He loves you, and let that be healing for you.

Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7

One of the practical ways to humble ourselves is to cast our cares on God. We don’t have to burn out, get depleted, get depressed, or live in constant anxiety. Jesus said to come to Him when we are weary or heavy laden – He will give us rest. So we humbly admit His ability to take far better care of us than we can take care of ourselves.

3. HUMILITY BRINGS EXALTATION. Exaltation is nothing more and nothing less than increased influence. When we stay focused on God’s way of doing things, we don’t operate according to the world’s way of striving and competing, nor are we passive and without ambition. Instead, we come in with the wonderful talents that God has blessed us with, and with joy we implement our gifts in His timing. Humility is the willingness to accept that God wants to do something through you in these upcoming days, weeks, and months.

Press on,
Pastor Jeff Perry

Here I am, Lord, send me; use me. I humble myself under Your mighty hand. I pray you will open a door for me. Get me ready; make me available. Sensitize me; help me to grow. Take the callouses off my heart. I submit to You. I repent of everything that I need to repent of. And I trust You for these upcoming weeks – a year of achievement, accomplishment, advancement, and fruitfulness, in Jesus’ name, amen.

hu·mil·i·ty, noun 
Freedom from pride and arrogance; humbleness of mind; a modest estimate of one’s own worth.

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