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 : 29 – 30
On first reading these verses I must admit to having a knee jerk reaction and feeling a bit annoyed that as Christians we’re being asked to take on another burden (yoke), at a time when we may already feel weary and overwhelmed.
But as I took time to reflect further, I discovered the ask had quite the opposite intention.
- We’re not being tasked to take this path alone.
A yoke typically requires two animals to pull together therefore to take on the yoke of Jesus suggests that we’re in this together. In fact, this will require complete dependence and submission to His way.
- For the yoke I will give you is easy, and the load I will put on you is light.
I don’t think this means our path will always be straightforward but again we’re relying on the strength of Jesus here to take the strain in these challenges and to help us through.
I’m therefore challenged to re-consider my initial response to these verses. Clearly, it’s the best and right approach to take His yoke and learn from Him. But now I’m comforted in understanding that this is the way to find true rest for my soul.
Perhaps we need to let go of some of the other distractions in our lives that are the real reason for feeling burdened and weary.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you that I do not walk this path alone. Help me to trust in You, to learn from You and to be your disciple.
Action: Is there something you are trying to work through alone? Talk to God and ask for His help.