Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Learning to Let Jesus Help Lighten My Load
In review of Matthew 11:28-30 it says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Jesus offers those who are tired from carrying heavy loads, to show us a better way; a more restful way. Jesus asks that we take his yoke and let him teach us. His yoke is much easier to bear.
What this means to me:
As I follow and trust Jesus, he helps me greatly with the heavy loads and concerns I bear. He shows me a better and more restful way. He asks that I take his yoke and allow him to teach me. His yoke is much easier to bear.
For any burden or concern that I’m carrying and weighing me down the answer is with Jesus. Jesus says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30 RSV).
This can be a difficult verse to understood as a yoke sounds heavy. A yoke is actually a board that has two arches in it that you put over two cattle so they can pull a cart. The value of a yoke is that it halves the load. Without a yoke, one cow’s would need to pull that entire load by itself. But if you yoke up the cow with another cow, then the two cows pull the load together, and the load is half as heavy.
When Jesus tells me to take his yoke upon me, he’s not saying he’s going to give me his problems. Jesus doesn't have any problems! He’s saying he’s going to share my problem. He’s going to share my load. He’s going to take your stress on himself and bear it with me.
He says three verbs in this verse: come, learn, and take. Jesus says, “Come to me. Team up with me. Then, learn how I do it. Take on a lighter load. This is going to reduce stress. This is going to make it easier to navigate.”
When I’m yoked with Christ, I move together with him. I move in the same direction and at the same speed. And, I move in the right direction and at the right speed.
It’s always easier to have some share your burdens and make it easier on you. I’m reminded of this as my daughter and son-in-law have recently moved. The move for them was made much easier having family and friends to help out. So as a takeaway, I need to be willing to have someone assist me and likewise I need to look for and help others out.
Also, I need to make sure that I’m taking to Jesus the things the concern or overwhelm me. He’s willing to help me and show me a better way. In short, God already knows all about my stress. The question is how will I show him that I’m ready to take on his yoke?
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