"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, For I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls."
When can being a Christian be burdensome? We have never had it so easy as
when we are yoked together with Christ; but many of us become yoked, and then run ahead of Him with all our might, trying to do all the work ourselves,
dragging Him behind—all in our own strength. This actually adds to our load. But isn’t that how many of us live our lives? We understand our need for a Savior and accept Christ, but then we do all the plowing (churchly tasks, evangelistic out-reach) ourselves, dragging with us Christ and the yoke. We don’t wait on the LORD for our direction. Why do we do that? Why do we revert back to our own strength (which is what we are familiar with) instead of “learning from Him”? I’ve already said it—the old way is easier. Jesus and the word are the same. As we focus on Him (His Word) we learn of Him and “He” changes us. We don’t know how, He just does it—And effortlessly. Isn’t that a better way? He SAVED us, He surely knows a better way of walking than we do.
When a farmer is able, he places two oxen together, the one more learned to teach the weaker. Jesus is the more learned that we become yoked with—God
has planned it that way. So relax, enter into that rest and have faith in God,
He is more than able to transform even a person like yourself (and me too) into
something beautiful and amazing. I can’t wait to see what He can do with
me. This rest that God promises to us is while in this world. This is where we
need His help more than ever. He is gentle and patient with us, so lets learn
from Him. The answer to the question above is: When we try to be a Christian
in our own strength, then it can be a burden to us.
Father, at times I am rambunctious, a bit out of control and even totally
You for Your patience and your tenderness to my needs. You are truly the author
and finisher of my faith and I believe You will see me thru victoriously to the