Weekly Message

Matthew 11:29-30

In a yoke the two animals bear the work load together; they share it.  The two animals are not necessarily of the same strength, but they must be of the same kind of animal.  We can be yoked to Jesus because we were made in the image of God, so it is proper for Jesus to ask us to be yoked with Him, and what a privilege that is.  Often in a pair of yoked animals, one is more experienced, stronger, more aware of the work to be done, and is able to help the other one learn how best to carry the load.  While the more experienced animal determines the pace and the distribution of the load between the two, he cannot work well if his partner hangs back, is unwilling to work, or tries to make his own way.  The less experienced must accept the lead of the more experienced so the maximum load can be carried without overburdening either of the pair.

When Jesus asks us to take His yoke, He is telling us that He knows the way, He knows how to distribute the load, He knows the pace to keep, and He accepts the responsibility of leadership.  As the follower we must accept His lead and trust Him to know the way.  By accepting leadership, Jesus makes our load easier.  (We don't have to figure it all out.)  He shows us what to do and how to do it.   We are expected to do our part, accept the role given, and pull our share of the load.  We are also expected to learn from our leader, Jesus, so that we can become leaders of others and help them to receive the benefits of being yoked with Jesus, to help them also become leaders.  But each one must then become yoked with the Master, learning from Him how to become a leader.  In this way the Kingdom of God advances exponentially.  As each one becomes a leader and shows others the way, growth occurs at a phenomenal and ever-increasing rate.  Yes, Jesus, I accept your yoke, and I know that You will give me rest so that I can gain the energy needed to continue to grow the Kingdom of God.  Thank you, Lord, for the privilege of sharing a yoke with You,.

Share a Yoke with Jesus

"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.  For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light." (NLT)