TODAY’S MEDITATION – A true Christian is gentle and humble in heart (Matthew 11:29-30)

When we read the Word of God, from one end to the other, one of the key features that is common to the men and women that God mightily used is humility. My brother, my sister, a true Christian is a humble person, someone who has learnt to let the Lord dwell so much in him or her that selflessness becomes part of their nature. You see, some people want to please themselves first and everybody else comes somewhere down the line. Other people will do first what other people want of them. But the person who is truly meek and humble knows that God comes first, others second and he or she comes last. My friend, does your life live up to God’s standard of meekness and humility? Do you put the needs of others before yourself? Are you submitting to God and correcting the sins in your life? The Bible says, God “shows favour to the humble and oppressed” (Proverbs 3:34). Why so? Just because the proud attitude heads us to a list of at least seven things God hates: “There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community” (Proverbs 6:16-19). Besides, throughout the book of Proverbs, we see that humility leads us to wisdom (Proverbs 11:2), to seek advice in order to avoid trouble (Proverbs 13:10) and to honour (Proverbs 15:33 ; Proverbs 29:23). Therefore, we should always check ourselves and our actions to ensure we are in line with the Lord’s expectations. Jesus clearly said we should imitate Him in being humble: “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 11:29-30). My friend, true humility is admitting your own weaknesses, sinfulness, and your inability to get or accomplish anything by yourself. God knows what you need and He can provide for you. All He needs from you is a humble heart that depends on Him and that is ready appreciate what He is doing for you, a heart that trusts His will and gives Him the glory He deserves. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.