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Daily Devotional 4/26/2021

Gentle and Lowly - His Welcome

 

Questions to consider:

1.  How would you compare your love for Christ with all other objects of your love?

2.  What steps can you and I take to build our lives on His welcoming love?

 

Today’s reference:

Matthew 10:37-39

 

[37] Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. [38] And whoever does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. [39] Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it..

 

Comments by Dane Ortlund:

When we come to Christ, we are startled by the beauty of his welcoming heart. The surprise is itself what draws us in.

 

Have we considered how loving the heart of Christ really is? 

 

Perhaps beauty is not a category that comes naturally to mind when we think about Christ. Maybe we think of God and Christ in terms of truth, not beauty. But the whole reason we care about sound doctrine is for the sake of preserving God’s beauty, just as the whole reason we care about effective focal lenses on a camera is to capture with precision the beauty we photograph. 

 

Let Jesus draw you in through the loveliness of his heart. This is a heart that upbraids the impenitent with all the harshness that is appropriate, yet embraces the penitent with more openness than we are able to feel. 

 

It is a heart that walks us into the bright meadow of the felt love of God. It is a heart that drew the despised and forsaken to his feet in self-abandoning hope. It is a heart of perfect balance and proportion, never overreacting, never excusing, never lashing out. 

 

It is a heart that throbs with desire for the destitute. It is a heart that floods the suffering with the deep solace of shared solidarity in that suffering. It is a heart that is gentle and lowly.

 

So let the heart of Jesus be something that is not only gentle toward you but loving to you. If I may put it this way: romance the heart of Jesus. All I mean is, ponder him through his heart. Allow yourself to be allured. 

 

Why not build in to your life unhurried quiet, where, among other disciplines, you consider the radiance of who he actually is, what animates him, what his deepest delight is? Why not give your soul room to be re-enchanted with Christ time and again?

 

When you look at the glorious older saints in your church, how do you think they got there? Sound doctrine, yes. Resolute obedience, without a doubt. Suffering without becoming cynical, for sure. 

But maybe another reason, maybe the deepest reason, is that they have, over time, been won over in their deepest affections to a gentle Savior. Perhaps they have simply tasted, over many years, the surprise of a Christ for whom their very sins drew him in rather than pushed him away. 

Maybe they have not only known that Jesus loved them but felt it.

 

 

 

“One of the more neglected doctrines in the church today is the heavenly intercession of Christ. When we talk about Christ’s intercession, we are talking about what Jesus is doing now. There has been a remarkable recovery of the glory of what Christ did back then, in his life, death, and resurrection, to save me. But what about what he is doing now? For many of us, our functional Jesus isn’t really doing anything now; everything we need to be saved, we tend to think, is already accomplished.”- Excerpt, Gentle and Lowly, by Dane Ortlund

 

(Resource - devotional by Dane Ortlund called “Gentle and Lowly” from the YouVersion Bible app.). 

 

This devotional is based on Dane Ortlund’s book by the same title, reviewing Scripture’s documentation of who Jesus is. You can invite others to join the YouVersion app devotional at https://bible.com/p/41750823/126d45a25fe66007b713420079f7b560

 

 

Learn more about Dane Ortlund’s book, Gentle and Lowly at https://tinyurl.com/8eudty4

 

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