‘Simply join your life with mine. Learn my ways and you’ll discover that I’m gentle, humble and easy to please…’ – Matthew 11:29 (Passion Translation)
You may recall in the previous two blogs we have been thinking about Jesus’ invitation to become relationally and covenantally connected to Him. This relationship is intimate and life-giving. It is a relationship of oneness that resembles Jesus’ own relationship with The Father.
Jesus outlined this way of living as this 1) come to me, 2) take my yoke upon you and 3) learn from me.
In this final part of this blog series, we shall take a look at what it means to ‘learn from Jesus’ and how we can position ourselves to learn from him.
Some years ago, I was in Anaheim and visited the Vineyard church there. In the foyer was a large sculpture of the above depiction of Jesus washing Peters feet. As I stood looking at the sculpture. Some children were climbing on Jesus back. God began to show me that Jesus had such an affinity with children, that even in such a sacred act, should they have climbed on him he wouldn’t have minded. The audacity of those children climbing on such a ‘sacred’ monument visualised for me the audacity that Jesus expects of us when we come to Him.
Earlier on in the passage, Jesus is praying to the Father and he says this… ‘Father… you have hidden the great revelation of your authority from those who are proud and wise in their own eyes. Instead, you have shared it with those who humble themselves. Yes, Father, your plan delights your heart, as you’ve chosen this way to extend your kingdom – by giving it to those who have become like trusting children.’ – (Matt 11:25-26 Passion)
Following Jesus, being in oneness of heart with Him, requires of us this attitude… ‘becoming like trusting children.’ Humble. Gentle. And willing to be both listening and inquisitive. Jesus wants us to have the audacity of children to climb on His back (or be yoked to Him) in simple trust and to learn from Him.
Jesus modelled this learning by the way He lived. The perfect example found in the story of Jesus washing Peters’ feet as depicted in the sculpture above (John 13). Here Jesus models the humility of a servant.
Everything Jesus wanted His disciples to become was modelled out in His life. Healing. Deliverance. Feeding the poor. Raising the status of women and children. Even raising the dead!
This is the challenge… ‘Learn from me…’ Learning means to watch the example set and follow that example… the rabbi [teacher] – disciple [student, follower] relationship. And its only in becoming like humble, trusting children that this happens. This mean laying down our understanding and our natural abilities and our intellect BUT taking up Christs’ life in ours and living in intimate, oneness with Him, not only relationally, but in action too. His life flows through ours to express the Heart of the Father, just as Jesus did.
This is where we truly find rest for our souls and refreshing for our lives and those around us.
Jesus’ invitation is extended to you today… ‘come… live… learn…’
What will your response be to such a life-giving, thirst quenching, invitation and challenge?
God bless you