Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Low-Profile Person

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest to your souls. . .” (Matthew 11:29).

Jesus was a low-profile Person. He did not come to this earth to make a name for Himself and to be acclaimed by the fickle and feckless crowd. He entered towns and hearts quietly and effectively. What He brought spoke for itself. He didn't need rolling drums and town criers. Jesus didn't need to advertise Himself or His goods. Goodness is like that. It also bears the cross meekly for the sake of all others, not just those we choose to love.

Jesus speaks with a still voice: "The Lord was not in the wind. . .the earthquake. . .the fire. . .[but] after the fire came a gentle whisper" (1 Kings 19:11,12). A gracious and unassuming spiritual life is finally the most effective. The Law was given from the mountain amidst thunder; the Gospel seeps quietly through throbbing hurting hearts. The Law threatens while the Gospel quietly beckons. The Law preaches death while the Gospel quietly promises life. The Law lays grievous duties on us while the Gospel quietly tells us to lay our burdens on Jesus while we go on with our duties. The Law wounds while the Gospel ever so quietly heals body, mind and spirit. The Law frightens while His tender Voice becomes our delight.

Those who affect power intimidate and coerce. Jesus cannot accomplish anything from the disadvantages of others, for that is what power does: it takes advantage of weakness. Our good God takes our weaknesses and gently transposes them into His strength: "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness" (2 Corinthians 12:9). The truly strong life is discreet, dignified, and decisive in Jesus. This person knows wherein his power lies, and therein is the strength for serene daily living.

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