“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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.”
One of the implications of a God who is so radically in control is that we can depend on Him in all things. We have no need to fear the circumstances of life. We only need to fear Him. Since we are easily distracted, it is especially important to keep our eyes on the goal. When we become Christians, we want to seek Christ and follow Him as Lord. However, sometimes in our spiritual journey we get distracted with things that the Lord doesn’t need or want us to do. By focusing on the things and situations in our lives, these things become burdens to us.
We do this with our jobs as well. We begin our jobs to provide for our families; but sometimes, our jobs take over our lives. Instead of working to provide for our families, we wind up not being there for our families. Even when we are home, we can be consumed with thoughts about work.
God has come to us in Jesus, and Jesus has all the same power as God. Jesus’ yoke is easy. We need to remember that everything that we do is to honor Him. Sometimes, that means volunteering far less. Sometimes, it means working hard to make time for family instead of just working hard to feed them.
- Why do you think that Jesus wants us to know His yoke is easy and His burden is light? What other yoke and burden might we carry?
- What “yoke” might a Christian pick up that isn’t the yoke of Christ?
- Give what burdens you have over to Jesus.