”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” (Matthew 11:29).

It is very remarkable that this is the only passage in the New Testament in which the heart of Jesus is distinctly mentioned. “Gentle and humble” remove the fears of any who tremble to approach Him. The words describe His heart as opposed to quick anger, haughtiness of spirit, the pretended meekness and mock lowliness that have at times been imposed on the world. They include a readiness to pardon all past offenses, a willingness to endure yet further offenses, and a welcoming of the lowest, most obscure, and despised people with all their burdens and needs. Jesus has, in these two words, given us a perfect picture of His innermost heart. “Gentle and humble in heart” are two words to calm the hearts of the fearful and chain their hearts forever to His with the gentle drops of eternal mercy. Jesus is gentle and tender, a divine blending of glory and grace! Omnipotent, yet humble! Eternal God, yet a patient sufferer! His call reaches to the very ends of the earth. This is the Lord’s own form of gospel, intensely personal and direct. He says, “I have rest because I know the Father.” He says, “Be meek and lowly of heart toward Him as I am. Let Him lay my very own yoke upon you. I do His will, not my own. Be His child like Me; become a babe to whom He can reveal His wonders. Then you shall find rest for your souls, you will have the same peace I have, you will be weary and heavy-laden no more.” Think of this: to walk in the same yoke with Jesus, doing the same labor with Him. And what load is the Lord pulling? Surely it is the will of the Eternal Father. Being the same yoke with Jesus we learn to walk step by step with Him, drawing the cart laden with his will and finding rest for our souls. Rest of soul outshines all pearls and rubies. The peace of God serves as both arms and armor; it is both battle-ax and breastplate. It will be your heart’s comfort and your hand’s strength. It will be good day and night, for calm and storm. It has a thousand uses and all of them essential to spiritual well-being.

Adapted from “In His Presence”