Today’s readings: Ephesians 4:1-16, Ecclesiastes 8
Today I thought it might be helpful to spend sometime meditating on just one of the verses from the 2 chapters to read today.
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” Ephesians 4:2
Paul encouraged the Ephesians to adopt these four character traits in order to live a life worthy of their calling. As I considered these over the past day or so I couldn’t help but meditate on how Jesus perfectly modelled them for us.
Jesus is completely humble
Jesus created the World. He owns it. He rules it. When he was abused and misunderstood, when he was whipped and beaten, he could have blown them away in a fashion more fantastic than any Avenger in a Marvel movie.
And yet he didn’t. He laid down his rights. He let the little children come to him. He commended and comforted the widow. He brought peace to the demon possessed.
He did not trumpet to the world how good he was or thunder about how much respect they should have shown him. He did not jump up and down on the spot and tantrum about his rights. He was selfless and served to the point of death, even death on a cross.
O Lord, today I want to live a life worthy of my calling – I want to be more humble like Jesus.
Jesus is completely gentle
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. … For I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul”. Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus is not gruff. He will not crush a broken spirit or a bleeding heart. He will not judge a repentant sinner. He is not sarcastic. He is gentle.
I am not completely gentle. I get worked up about those with whom I disagree and get angry. Even if it doesn’t come out of my mouth (as it too often does) inside I rage with righteous indignation about kids not doing their chores, work colleagues who just “don’t get it”, drivers who abuse cyclists and SSM campaigners – just to name a few.
O Lord, today, I want to live a life worthy of my calling – I want to be gentle like Jesus.
Jesus is completely patient.
How many Christian’s did Saul kill before Jesus saved him? How many men did Rahab sleep with before God saved her from Jericho? How many excuses did Moses use to avoid conflict with Pharaoh when God called to him from the burning bush? How many Africans did John Newton sell into slavery before God revealed his Amazing Grace?
Peter asked “How many times should I forgive a brother who sins against me, 7 times?” Jesus answer: 70 times 7!
I get annoyed when I am lined up in the Coffee queue, or I have to wait for the next train. Yet I have lost count of the times Jesus has heard me confess the same set of sins or have to learn the same lessons over again.
O Lord, today I want to live a life worthy of my calling – I want to be more patient like Jesus.
Jesus completely bears with us.
See Jesus weeping with Martha and Mary when Lazarus Died. See how he sympathised with the woman who had been bleeding for 20 years. Watch him comforting the grieving parents whose young son had just died. See how he fed the hungry thousands on the hill side. Watch him befriend lonely Zacheus. Hear him reassure the guilty thief who died beside him on the cross.
Oh Lord. I want to live a life worthy of my calling – Help me to bear in love with those that cross my path today.