When Jesus is not my Lord

Devotional: Mornings with Tozer

Christ, The Blessed One

Matt 11:29-30
"Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy, and my burden light."

I feel great sorrow for those who read the Sermon on the Mount and then conclude that Jesus was providing a word picture of men and women comprising the human race. In this world, we find nothing approaching the virtues of which Jesus spoke in the Beatitudes.

Instead of poverty of spirit, we find the rankest kind of pride. Instead of mourners, we find pleasure seekers.

Instead of meekness, we find only arrogance, and instead of hunger after righteousness, we hear men saying, "I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing."

Thank You, Father, for Your open-armed invitation for Your children to cast all of their worldly cares upon You. Lord, teach me now to trust You more deeply.


How often do we read the Beatitudes this way? How often do our hearts echo the same self-assurance and self-applause of the "good" we think we've accomplished?

I know these things have been true in my life, more often than I care to admit. But I pray this same prayer that Tozer did...may God help me to trust Him and not my own reasoning for why I do, or do not do things.

The moment I consider what I think is right, and act on it, is the moment I have forgotten that Jesus is my Master and Lord.

"Why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do what I tell you?"
~Luke 6:46