We easily praise the person of Jesus for His compassion, for His power, for His humility—but what about His patience? What makes Jesus so clearly beyond human isn’t limited to the attributes He displayed on Earth. The attributes He didn’t display have just the same affect. Jesus was never in a hurry—not in the 30 years of His anonymity, not while He was heading to the bedsides of the dying, not when Pharisees demanded explanations or judgments for the behavior of sinners.
In one of His most quoted moments, Jesus extends an invitation similar to the one we looked at in yesterday’s devotional: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Today, stop and listen to this: The boundaries of Christlikeness do not stop at humility, or wisdom, or even supernatural power. They extend to a willingness to take the yoke of Christlikeness, which encompasses all we see of Him and more. To live with the same unhurried gentleness of Jesus is to find rest.
Slow down a part of your day that you usually rush through. Take time to appreciate the moment—the blessings you’re surrounded by and your position as a Child of God. Learn from the One whose life was marked by a moment-by-moment appreciation of the world He died to redeem.