“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“Lowly in Spirit”
(Please read Matthew 11:28-30)
Our text is one of the sweetest appeals ever uttered. About this passage the esteemed English scholar, Matthew Henry, in a commentary published in 1706, wrote, “We must learn of him to be meek and lowly, and must mortify our pride and passion, which render us so unlike him.” It is still true that to be like Jesus we must be lowly in spirit — as songwriter T.O. Chisholm wrote in the song, “O to Be Like Thee!” which includes the words in our title.
To be lowly in spirit is to be humble, gentle, meek — and Jesus was. He was born in a stable and first bedded in a manger, and grew up in a poor family. He learned the carpentry trade and apparently was the chief support of his mother and brothers and sisters after the death of his foster father, Joseph. Much of his ministry took place outdoors, and he once remarked that he had “no place to lay his head” (Luke 9:58).
Jesus taught occasionally about being lowly in spirit. On his last evening with his apostles, knowing that they had argued among themselves about who should be the greatest, Jesus gave them an object lesson by washing the feet of each one!
We can be like him in lowliness. We can receive injuries or harsh words with patience instead of retaliation. We can be kind in telling others about the gentle Savior. We can defer to one another, never seeking places of honor at the expense of others. Jesus will surely help us as we try to make this wonderful attribute part of our lives.