Over the last few days, I have started to read a wonderful book about the nature of Jesus. That’s right, the book is not about what Jesus did or even what we can receive from him. It is a book that focuses solely upon his nature and his character. Drawing heavily upon the writings of the puritans, the author, Dane Otland presents us with a lovely portrait of the heart of Christ for sinners and sufferers. I share this paragraph from Gentle and Lowly for your encouragement.
“For the penitent, his heart of gentle embrace is never out-matched by our sins and foibles and insecurities and doubts and anxieties and failures. For lowly gentleness is not one-way Jesus occasionally acts towards others. Gentleness is who he is. It is his heart. He can’t un-gentle himself toward his own any more than you or I can change our eye colour. It is who we are! It is of course, who he is!
With that in mind. Whoever you are, however you feel, whatever you are doing, I want to encourage you with the words of Jesus. So, here is the invitation on which the book is based, here quoted from Eugene Peterson’s, Message paraphrase.
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30)