The Light Yoke of Our Lord

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. ~Matthew 11:29

Jesus is our sovereign King and He deserves our full allegiance and devotion. He is not, however, a tyrant demanding that we follow the law under threat of prison or death though this can be the image of Him that is presented by some today. We must always remember that we are saved by God’s grace through faith and that we can do nothing of ourselves to work or to earn our way into God’s favor (Ephesians 2:8). God’s love for us is so great that He, our mighty king, sacrificed Himself and paid the ultimate price in order to restore us into relationship with Him.

As we come to know our God and to develop and grow our relationship with Him, He will call us to cast off the chains of bondage that tie us to this life and that keep us from resting in completely in Him. Like a drug addict who can’t imagine even wanting to live life without the substance they have come to depend on, so too are we resistant to following our King’s call to cut our own bonds. We find, however, that when we finally submit and obey, our load truly is lightened and we find ourselves ever closer to living in harmony with our loving and good King.

What aspect of your life is Christ asking you to examine and to potentially change? Are you resisting the call you hear because you can’t imagine living differently than you do? Remember that in all things His grace is sufficient and His ultimate goal is not to cause you pain but, through the trials of this life, it is to bring you ever closer to being the child He created you to be. While change can be confusing and even frightening, remember that the one who calls you also holds all things in His hand and has already paid the ultimate price for you. If God is for us, who can ever be against us? (Romans 8:31)

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. This does not come from you; it is the gift of God” ~Ephesians 2:8

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