Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 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. Matthew 11:28-29
Just reading the words weary and heavy-laden weighs me down with exhaustion. But it’s a feeling I’m all too familiar with right now. Don’t misunderstand, I know I can’t blame the burden on God, or even on someone else.
It’s all been my own doing.
As I read that sentence I see the truth staring back at me—my own doing. Instead of sharing my load with Jesus, I’ve once again gone haring off on my own, trying to do everything for everyone.
When will I ever learn? When will I heed what I’ve learned?
I’m trying, and today I’d like to share with you what I’ve been reminded of about Jesus’ yoke and the rest He has for me. There are three applications I’ve found from these verses.
- First, our yoke is personal. In biblical times the yoke of an ox was made from wood. It was hand carved—especially for that particular animal. It wasn’t interchangeable between animals.
- Second, our yoke is a partnership. A young, untrained ox was paired with a more mature ox that could guide and teach the young one and make his work easier.
- Finally, our yoke is perfectly fair and just. The word Yoke has the same Greek root word as the balance on a scale.
So as I once again return to the side of my Savior and protector I already feel the load lifting. I encourage you to try yours on for size, I’m certain it will be as deftly tailored and perfectly suited as mine.
Dear Lord, help us keep close to you. Remind us not to pick up anything you haven’t given us. Amen
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