[Jesus said] Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
I chuckle at this perfectly timed verse. Couldn’t we all use some rest after the Christmas festivities? But Jesus is offering much more than unscheduled time to sleep late or relax with a good book. His invitation continues:
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. (v29-30)
This isn’t a carefree life but life with a different perspective that comes by accepting Jesus’ yoke. So what is a yoke and what does farm equipment mean for us?
There’s no getting around it—a yoke is an instrument of submission. It binds a person or animal to another. An oppressive iron yoke causes pain, but the shape of a carved wooden yoke eases the workload to minimize discomfort.
In addition, when two oxen are bound together, one is older, seasoned, and well trained in the work routine. The second is young and inexperienced. By sharing the same yoke, the veteran leads the way and trains the younger. Gentle, humble Jesus invites us to yoke ourselves to Him.
But why yoke ourselves to anything? Can’t we live unbound? In truth, we are bound to something – a relationship, buying happiness, achieving success, or something else.
Jesus says come to me if you’re weary. Work alongside me. Learn from me. I am loving and good. My way of life gives rest for your soul. (tweet this)
Couldn’t we all use some rest? How does following Jesus give your soul rest?
Do you know someone who needs to hear these words? Would you share with them?