Matthew 11:28-30 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
As I become more ‘chronologically gifted’, I am more observant of people and their demeanor and their attitude. Watch those who enter your church on any given day. Are they smiling? Are they smiling when they leave?
You can tell those who have literally drug themselves through the doors to the church to get some type of help. Some are so burdened, they cannot wait to unload on the first person they see. Others are good at covering it up and still others get their nose bent out of shape because no one asked them of their condition – couldn’t you see that they’re hurting?
But then there are those who you know have burdens and they seem to go on with a smile on their face. How do they do it?
These are the ones in the yoke with Jesus.
You see, when we are doing as God gifted and called us to do, the burdens placed upon us or the trials that come our way seem to be easier to bear because we are not bearing them alone.
As I walk with Jesus, I have found that I need Him daily and often, every hour of the day. My pride keeps me from simply humbling myself to ask Him for the help I need to bear under my burden. I realize that all my needs are promised to be met.
Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
I do not believe there is a one of us that is able to survive on the preaching and teaching that our Pastor supplies – even if you attend Sunday morning, Sunday school, Sunnday evening and a midweek service. Our enemy finds some way to literally suck the spirit out of a great meeting with God the day before and leave us wanting on Monday.
We must purpose to meet with God personally, each and every day to get from Him our daily bread… that is how Daily Manna came into being.
Getting into the yoke with Jesus means humbling ourselves for a cleansing; asking for new wisdom for the day; a guarding and a keeping of our speech that it be honoring to Him and lead others to a saving knowledge whenever the opportunity presents itself.
God has already seen what our day is like. He knows what we are up against. Submitting to the yoke means I have a partner to pull when I am too weak. Sticking my neck in the yoke means I cannot live this life I am called to live without the One who called me and commanded me.
He so desires to live His life through you and I. We cannot.
Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”
God is real good at being God – When you and I allow Him to live through us, He can love those we do not. He can help those we may walk past. He sees that which we cannot and knows exactly what it is they need. We just need to submit to His leading to know what they need.
When in the yoke, I am close enough to hear His voice. When in the yoke, I can feel His very near presence. When in the yoke, I am lifted by His strength when mine is all but gone. When in the yoke, I can hear the call to press on.
As you begin your day today, take the time needed to hear His voice, feel His presence and know His promises. Submit yourself to the yoke of His will for your life.