Lighter Yoke


If you are feeling worked, the good news is that your burden can be lifted. But you must be willing to give up some independence of thought and will and heart to find the gentle, humble, restful yoke that Jesus offers. Wanna try a new direction down a gentler path?

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

I heard an interesting comment on these verses in a devotional time at work the other day. It was about the idea of being yoked with Jesus.

I typically focus on several other aspects of these verses. I focus on the rest Jesus offers to the weary and burdened – to the heavy-laden among us. This rest is awesome and incredible and the refreshing that we all need, particularly in a time and a world which is so exhausting.

But let’s consider what it means to be yoked with Jesus. When we are yoked with Jesus, we no longer go our own ways. We don’t go astray and we don’t wander off. We stay on course in the field in which we work (the harvest field).

Being yoked to Jesus means that we move together as a unit. And Jesus isn’t going in your direction very far. He is going to keep you where the burden is light and the yoke is easy.

Is he going to force me? No. He is gentle and humble in heart. Where Jesus leads us is restful. We can take the yoke off, yet why would we? This is the place where we belong.

Are you willing to be yoked to the Lord? Have you tried your own way and have you found weariness and burdens on your path? There is a better way. Typically, beasts of burden are attached to yokes. Oxen and asses are yoked to work the land.

If you feel worked already, the burden can be lifted. But you must be willing to give up some independence of thought and will and heart to find the gentle, humble, restful yoke that Jesus offers.

It’s your call.

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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