Do you ever feel like this?
This is a statue that probably everybody on earth can relate to at one time or another because it is easy to get overwhelmed in our fast-paced lives. There is so much to do each day that most of us feel we are treading water just to stay afloat instead of making forward progress.
We then start the next day in the same place as the previous one and go back to the same old treading.
Is it possible to ever feel that you have truly accomplished something worthwhile at the end of the day? The answer is YES.
Matthew 11: 28-30
Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Jesus spoke these words as He taught His followers the correct way to carry a burden. He always used examples they could understand. A yoke (one continuous piece of wood that had cutouts for both necks) was put on a pair of oxen so they could move in perfect sync as they plowed the field. That way the heavy weight could be distributed among them and they could move forward steadily without being overburdened for long periods of time.
Oxen are animals that have heavy bodies and long tails with smooth horns standing out from the side of their head. They are powerful work animals mainly used for plowing, serve as beasts of burden, and symbolize ferocious strength. They are very patient and move slowly and steadily until they get the job done. They were important working members of the Jewish agricultural community. In addition, they were used for food and in religious ceremonies.
Jesus wants us to yoke ourselves with Him just as the oxen work together in perfect sync to do tremendous amounts of work. We can walk in perfect sync with Him each step of the way instead of trying to do everything by ourselves and be overcome with all our burdens. His yoke will make them much lighter and give much hope and encouragement that He will work everything out for our good.
The laws of God are free and easy compared to the harsh slavery of sin. It is much easier to be a Christian than a sinner.
Of all the yokes imposed on people, that of the Redeemer is the lightest.
Let Him help you carry your burdens.
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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