Beyond the Weekend

August 6 | Learn from Me

August 6, 2020


“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart…” Matthew 11:29a

Read: Matthew 11:29

Listen: Matthew 11


Taking the yoke of Christ involves several things. The first is to detach from a burdensome and oppressive yoke. Next is to respond to Jesus’ invitation and assume his yoke. We then need to be willing to learn daily from him what it means to be gentle and humble. Learning from Jesus is more than just a one-time commitment to follow him. It’s a life-long journey to be open to all he has to teach us. Yes, it begins with a decision to assume his yoke. But it continues with a daily commitment to learn from him.

Jesus not only taught about gentleness and humility, but he also lived it. It began with his birth in a lowly manger surrounded by animals (Luke 2:4-7). He healed those whom society had forgotten (Luke 5:12-13). He welcomed children that others saw as only in the way (Mark 10:13-16). And he washed his disciples’ feet (John 13:1-17) shortly before “he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross” (Philippians 2:8).

It’s possible you decided years ago to follow Jesus but stopped learning from him somewhere along the way. There’s no better time than right now to reengage in a daily pursuit of gentleness and humility. And for those who are faithfully following Jesus gently and with humility (often in challenging situations)—keep going! Know that “nothing you do for him is a waste of time or effort” (1 Corinthians 15:58, The Message).


Send a text or note of thanks and encouragement to someone who models gentleness and humility. Let them know how much you appreciate their example. Encourage them to keep going, especially if they’re in a difficult situation.

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