v 29. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
The very first reason for being humble is because Jesus was humble, and we follow in His footsteps! I don’t worry about the ‘Inherit the whole earth’ bit; I just want to be Christ-like in character, and that means being humble. It is hard to define what humility really is – except to say that if you are sure you are humble, then you aren’t! One great writer of the 19th century puts like this:
Jesus means those who are of a patient and contented spirit. They are willing to put up with little honour here below: they can bear injuries without resentment; they are not ready to take offence. They are content to wait for their good things. They are never losers in the long run. (Bishop Ryle)
Humility like this does not just happen. There is a positive step involved when we say ‘I will take his yoke upon me; I will allow Him to teach me.’ In other words, I grow in humility through submission to the Master/Teacher, Jesus. It is when I let go of self-will, self-promotion and self-interest to allow Jesus to occupy the centre point of life that humility grows. Letting go of the unholy trinity of I, ME, and MINE and reducing the use of those words in daily conversation and thought is a first and valuable step to take towards that gentle and unassuming humility.