THE YOKE’S ON YOU!
Matthew – God’s Purposes
When God leads us, invites us to HIS work, normally believers obey quickly. We love tagging along with God’s Holy Spirit in the lead. There is nothing on earth that compares to the peace in following the commandments of God while trying to live daily according to the teachings of Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord. His power helps us but sometimes we forget we have this “Christ in us” power as Paul reminded believers often.
We also get over zealous in the work at times and take off His yoke and put on a yoke that is too heavy and does not fit us. We fall into a trap of pleasing others so we add on to what God has given us to do. Why? Because when we please others, we get instant gratification. It feels good. But when this addicting feeling is gone we are left with a weariness that depletes us. People we have pleased will deplete us, asking for more and more from us. See the trap? We get weary in the work when we do this addition and multiplication of tasks not asked of us by our Lord, we need to stop and examine at our “yoke”.
On another note…
When people reject the message that Jesus told us to tell, we need to step back and consider how Jesus deals with those who do not acknowledge him even when he performed miracles and loved them as much as anyone else. Have you ever been in this situation on your journey? We pour our lives into those who still reject Jesus as Lord and Savior? What is our response?
For me today, these two passages definitely go together. Jesus laments over unbelievers who refuse the eternal life He has to offer. He clearly explains the judgement they will bear when all is said and done. THEN he promptly prays…“O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. 26 Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way!” Even though God gives us free will to decide to come back to Him or not, our Sovereign God know who will and who will not. We who are childlike (not childish, there’s a huge difference!) in our faith truly and completely trust the will of our Father in Heaven.
Jesus shows us this concept by his own prayer as he continues, ““My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” Jesus clearly knows His purpose because He only does what the Father tells him to be, do and say while in human form on earth.
Do WE get that? Do we do only what the Father tells us to be, do and say? Or do we tack on more than is necessary?
This wonderful wisdom is quickly followed by, “Come to Me.” “Take MY yoke upon you.” To do this, we must take off what we ourselves have placed on our shoulders in the work God has invited us to do. His yoke fits us much better. It’s lighter, more appropriate for the work HE wants us to do. “Let me teach you.” He will guide us into how to adjust our yoke until it fits perfectly for the work ahead of us. “You will find rest for your souls, for my yoke is easy to bear.”
Oh, fellow believers, let us learn this lesson well. Stop what you’re doing right now and consider the yoke (work, details, pressures, problems) on your shoulders. Who put it there? You or God?
Pray, asking God to help you shed the yoke you or others have placed upon your shoulders, step back, and then allow God to fit you with HIS yoke fitted perfectly for you. Owners of oxen will NOT put an ill fitting yoke on their animals. They handmade yokes to fit each animal’s neck so that the work could be done without harm to the animal. Mm.
Pray. I’m doing that right now. Be back later…
Read the passage while I’m gone to be with God, the Father….See what God tells you.
Judgment for the Unbelievers
20 Then Jesus began to denounce the towns where he had done so many of his miracles, because they hadn’t repented of their sins and turned to God. 21 “What sorrow awaits you, Korazin and Bethsaida! For if the miracles I did in you had been done in wicked Tyre and Sidon, their people would have repented of their sins long ago, clothing themselves in burlap and throwing ashes on their heads to show their remorse. 22 I tell you, Tyre and Sidon will be better off on judgment day than you.
23 “And you people of Capernaum, will you be honored in heaven? No, you will go down to the place of the dead.[g] For if the miracles I did for you had been done in wicked Sodom, it would still be here today. 24 I tell you, even Sodom will be better off on judgment day than you.”
Jesus’ Prayer of Thanksgiving
25 At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike. 26 Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way!
27 “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
28 Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Dear Heavenly Father,
You are an amazing Teacher who gets right to the heart of the matter when it comes to Your Will and Purpose for our lives. Let us sit still while you place your heavenly designed yoke upon our shoulders and send us back to work to do only what YOU tell us to be, do and say. Thank you, Lord for rest, time to reflect and meditate on your word and your ways. Thank you for a perfectly fitted yoke that is much lighter and easier to bear.
In Jesus Name, Amen