DAY 13 | LOVE HUMBLES US

Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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 11:28-30

So how do we get from being adults too big to enter Jesus’ personal library to being toddlers small enough to fit through the door to His wonders, mysteries, and hidden knowledge? How do we reverse being “all grown up” before Jesus, and become the children He longs for us to be, so that we can get on with the business of learning the real things that matter?

The world emphasizes and values degrees, experience, knowledge, shrewd decision-making skills, selfish ambition, the good opinion of others in positions of influence and so on. The world we live in values all the things that turn Jesus’ stomach, the things which puff us up beyond the size of the door to His heart, where Paul says all the mysteries are stored and awaiting our discovery. How do we “grow down” and undo the ways of this world that have polluted our minds to thinking Jesus values what the world does? Jesus doesn’t care how many verses you’ve memorized, how adept you are with theological nuances, how great your performance is morally, or how many gold stars you have beside your name for being a good Christian. That’s the way the values of the world appear in a Christian setting. And it’s not the way of Jesus. So, what gains us access to the doors of His heart, where all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden, placed there by God the Father?

Love. Being loved by Jesus. Yielding to His arms and letting His embrace shrink us down to size, bringing us to a humility that gets us to just the right size to gain entry into God’s heart, where the real knowledge lives. We humble ourselves by throwing up our hands to Him, much like how children, by holding up their arms,  signal to their parent that they want to be picked up and held. We humble ourselves by admitting we don’t know it all—in fact, that we know next to nothing of the stuff that matters. We humble ourselves when we give up what we know, and the attempts to impress others with our vast knowledge, and we return to childlike ignorance, wherein we become teachable and wonder stabs our hearts with joy.

The way into God is the way into wondering afresh at all that He is and becoming captivated, once again, with the wonders that live inside His heart. And humility is the way to recover wonder. Come to Jesus, and learn from Him to be like a child—humble, small, teachable and helpless.