Yoked To Christ (Part 1)
“Take My yoke on you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find rest to your souls. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11:29-30 (MKJV)
Being Yoked Is Not So Bad. Sounds bad doesn’t it, to be yoked to anyone, even Jesus, because we won’t have our independence, we won’t be able to go where we want to and when we want to. Why would we willingly subject ourselves to being yoked to anyone when all of our life we’ve been working toward independence? We’ll come to that in a moment.
We’ll go through the Scripture backwards. Jesus reassures us that being yoked to Him won’t be a heavy burden. It will be burden, because we have been used to our freedom, but it is a light one. And it will be easy being yoked to Him.
Somehow we’re going to find rest for our souls. How can that be? Because, as He reminds us, He is “meek and lowly in heart”. He is gentle with us, understanding our needs and not pushing us when we need to have a break, etc. Therefore it’s an easy, light burden.
Now the reason for subjecting ourselves to being yoked to Jesus ~ to learn from Him. If we’re to be like Him, we’ll have to learn what He is like and how to be like Him. Walking with Jesus as our yoke-mate, we’ll learn all about Him and gradually pick up His ways, e.g. the direction of His step.
As an aside, note that Jesus is also yoked and is willing to be yoked to us, knowing it is worth it. And who drives the two yoke-mates? The Father, who loves His two children. He only keeps you and me in the yoke for a time, then comes true freedom.
Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus, our friend and yoke-mate. Please help us to submit to such a gentle guide and may we be quick learners. ThankYou.
Study by Ruth Edwards