“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble and you will find
rest for your souls.”
11: 29 (NIV)
I once heard a pastor explain that a yoke had two parts. They were designed for two animals to work side-by-side.
“Take my yoke upon you. . .” Jesus asks us to join Him, to work with Him in tandem. He will lead us where He wants us to go and He will be there alongside us making a way for us to do the work He asks.
“. . . learn from me,”
Jesus teaches us as we work with Him. We listen and
take in what He instructs. We have the opportunity to learn from the Master.
There is no greater experience than feeling His presence and hearing His voice.
“. . . for I am gentle and humble . . .” One quality Jesus possesses is gentleness and humility. In my Christian walk I have had two or three exceptionally outstanding Sunday school teachers. The first one explained how
by saying, “ Jesus is always a
gentleman.” My present teacher speaks of “the only thing stronger than God’s
will is the will of man.” Both of these servants of God said that Jesus doesn’t involve himself into our lives unless
we invite Him to.
“. . . you will find rest for your souls.”
As humans, we can only stand so much activity, pain, and stress. After a while we begin to have meltdowns, anxiety attacks, or panic attacks. Sometimes, we feel like giving up. But when we invite the Lord to share our burdens, we sense a new freedom. Our work becomes easier. We no longer have a sense of dread and we can face our schedules that seem daunting. People who cause us problems don’t seem as scary to us.