October 8 – Taking the Yoke of Christ


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Coming to Christ and receiving rest for your soul doesn’t relieve you from a life of responsibility and action.  Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).  Had he stopped there, we may find cause to sit down by the river of life and just bask in the glory rays of His presence with a spirit of “do nothing.” But He didn’t end his admonition with those words.  Instead, He followed up the grand invitation with this challenge, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me;” (Matthew 11:29).

A yoke is a wooden beam that is placed upon an animal to help bring that animal into submission and unity with another animal as they plow a field.  What is interesting about the plea of Jesus is that he urges us to take the yoke.  He doesn’t force it, He doesn’t manipulate it, He doesn’t even place it on us.  If the yoke is placed upon those who come to Him, it is a willful act of submission. It is the undertaking of the believer.  Just because someone comes to Christ and finds rest doesn’t necessarily mean that they have submitted to His authority in every area of life.  Are you truly yoked up with Jesus? Have you intentionally and deliberately submitted to His lordship?

Daily Reading: Matthew 15-17

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