Christians, when we have a full understanding of what God wants from us, then we can see and truly understand how this relationship works. Jesus calls us to come to Him, all of us who are heavy and burdened, for His yoke is easy and burden light. When we we want to understand Jesus’s yoke, and the expectation of what we are called to carry, then we must first understand Jesus.
The only time Jesus describes Himself personally, He defines His character as meek. Meekness is authority/power under control. Jesus had all authority and power on this earth in the spiritual realm and physical realm. We see this as He used it to heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, curse fig trees, multiply loaves and fishes, control the wind/waves, and turn water into wine. However in His greatest moments of suffering, persecution, and pain…He still had the authority and power, but chose not to use it, so the Father’s will could be accomplished.
Jesus is humble and meek, and so is His yoke. When we come into relationship with Him, He asks us to come and take upon His yoke. He wants to walk alongside us. His meekness is our meekness. He wants to be right there with us. He is not asking us to carry a load that He Himself (in the flesh) has not carried. We also have to realize the great love and respect He has for us and our free will.
In the book of James it talks about taming beasts, and about putting bits in the mouths of horses so they obey us. But Jesus, in His loving kindness, asks us to take His yoke. He does not say, take my bit and bridle, so I can ride you around and use you how and when I want. Bits are uncomfortable, that is how you can control a horse with one. But a yoke to a hard working ox is nothing.
Jesus wants to team up with us, like a team of oxen. He wants us to pull our weight, He will pull His weight, and we can accomplish great and mighty works. Plowing the fields for God. When we take on this yoke, we partner with Jesus, we have to act like He acts, so we can pull together: equally and smooth.
So He is humble, we are humble. He forgives others, we must forgive others. He submits to His father’s will, we must submit to our Father’s will. Together we can accomplish so much and also experience tremendous relationship with our Lord and Savior! So you have a choice, will you come to Him, will you give up the burdens of this world? Will you accept His yoke of humility and meekness today? Father God, we thank you for the opportunities to partner together, to take upon your character and heart. To serve and love, and live like Jesus showed us how, and to accomplish great and mighty things for your kingdom, In Jesus Name, Amen.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV) (emphasis added)
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 (KJV)
I therefore, the prisoner for the Lord, appeal to and beg you to walk (lead a life) worth of the [divine] calling to which you have been called [with behavior that is a credit to the summons to God’s service, living as becomes you] with complete lowliness of mind (humility) and meekness (unselfishness, gentleness, mildness), with patience, bearing with one another and making allowances because you love one another. Ephesians 4:1-2 (AMP)
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness (meekness) and patience. Colossians 3:12 (NIV) (emphasis added)
written and posted by Daniel Poggensee | 2019