8 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.” (Matt 11 v 28-30 NLT)
It’s school holiday time at camp Campbell. The old uniforms are sorted and handed-down, new hand-me-downs selected and employed, the old name-tags removed. Next up is the preparation for our family break by the sea. Lists to be made, packing to be done, and finally, scrabbling around to find the timer switches before we lock up and leave.
Even during “holidays” we can’t completely shut down – there are always jobs to be done.
When we’re living the way God intended, and we remember to keep Jesus at the centre of our lives, his yoke is comfortable; but it’s still our job to wear it and to carry a load.
I don’t have much experience of yokes in my 21st century suburban existence, so I like to compare Jesus’ illustration to shoes: Yes – we do have a path to walk, and it’s sometimes stony, but even when the conditions are perfect we are still required to actually walk. We all know it’s easier and more pleasurable when you’re wearing a really well fitting pair of shoes. With the right equipment and with Jesus by our side, our journey becomes a pleasure, our burden becomes unnoticed.
What tasks are you struggling with this week?
Why not invite Jesus into your situation, talk to him, pray and learn from him. Then, with Jesus by your side, enjoy the journey.
28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matt 11 v 28-30 Msg)