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Wednesday, April 18, 2007


"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
Matthew 11:28-30

yoke: (n) something that couples or binds together; a bond or tie. (v) to join, couple, link, or unite.

burden: (n) that which is carried; load.

With what are you yoked today?

Are you yoked with worry? Material possessions? Envy? The approval of others? Money? Perfectionism? Your children's whims? Doubt? Fear? Comfort?

We are all yoked, united, with something. The something that we are yoked with defines us. When animals are yoked together, they have no choice but to go the same way. They need to join in common purpose to complete a task or nothing gets done. The yoke guides, confines. The yoke creates constant companions of two beings or entities.

We often choose to be bound with and defined by that which is not of God.

Jesus offers an alternative. Jesus offers himself. He never says, "Come to me and I will unyoke you. I will give you freedom from responsiblity, burden, hardship." Instead he says, "Take my yoke upon you".

Freedom, yes, but not freedom as the world sees it. Freedom from captivity to sin transforms into a partnership with Jesus. What does this look like?

Being yoked with Jesus means being yoked with:

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?"
"Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." John 21:15

The Lord brought me forth [wisdom] as the first of His works, before His deeds of old; I was appointed from eternity, from the beginning, before the world began. Proverbs 8:22-23

Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me." Matthew 16:24

[The Lord] has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted. Isaiah 61:1

Jesus doesn't say, "I will unyoke you and remove your burden." Jesus says, "Take my burden instead." We will still have something to carry, a load which is our own and yet shared with all of the body of Christ.

What is your burden? Your God-given burden? Do you treasure it? Use it to learn from, grow in, and gain strength? Or do you complain about it, try to give it to someone else, tell God you don't want it.

If it is truly yours, from God, then you are to honor it. Carry it, bear it with dignity and humility as you remain yoked with Christ. Jesus is infinitely stronger than us but even those of us that are yoked with Him are constantly trying to pull our own way.

Be yoked. Choose to be bound with Jesus and nothing else. Make the daily decision to strap yourself in and be led. The accountability is strong and the rewards are great.


Blogger Denise said...

Really enjoyed this post, I want to be yoked with Jesus.

April 18, 2007 at 11:49 PM  
Blogger Cyndi said...

I was driving down the road awhile ago and this scripture sprang to mind. I am SO glad this is what you posted on! I love your insights on this. What a *great* list of verses. Thank you so much for this today.

April 19, 2007 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Darlene said...

This reminds me of the IOW theme this week when you say "treasure the burden you are given."

It's such an honor to serve Christ. Thanks!

April 19, 2007 at 11:28 PM  
Blogger The Preacher's Wife said...

'Make the daily decision to strap yourself in and be led. The accountability is strong and the rewards are great.'

Loved this...wonderful to be reminded we aren't carrying the weight as long as we are strapped to the right One!

Thanks Christine!

April 19, 2007 at 11:52 PM  
Blogger eph2810 said...

Make the daily decision to strap yourself in and be led.

Some days my burdens are really heavy, but you are right. If I strap them to Jesus, it becomes easier...

Thank you, Christine for you words of wisdom.

April 20, 2007 at 1:13 AM  
Blogger janiswrites said...

I think that if we could truly "get" this, then our entire life would change. This post really resonates with me right now, Christine. Thanks for sharing. Take care of that little man!

April 20, 2007 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger Elise said...

It's so strange that we dodge being yoked with Him - look at the beautiful things you listed - how can we choose anything else?
This is timely for me, Christine. Now I know why I've been too busy (until now) to read the last week's worth of CWO posts! He had it timed! :)

April 27, 2007 at 7:52 AM  

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