Living Yoked to Jesus
Today my quiet time thoughts centered on Matthew 11.28-30.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Not that many of us have seen a yoke in operation except maybe in some National Geographic pictures.
As a noun: A yoke is a long piece of wood which is tied across the necks of two animals such as oxen, in order to make them walk close together when they are pulling a plough.
As a verb: If two or more people or things are yoked together, they are forced to be closely linked with each other.
Historically, a “yoke” was a wooden frame that joined two animals, usually oxen, to pull heavy loads. Often, One side of the yoke had a large hole, and other side had a small hole. The larger hole was for a larger, stronger, mature ox. At first, it may appear like this mismatch of size wouldn’t work, but there was a masterful purpose behind the process. The larger, more mature animal knew what to do, how to do it and where to go. The younger animal didn’t know what to do, now to do it, or where to go. When they became “yoked” together, the younger animal would be guided by the mature animal and would come to learn the right ‘way.’ When the younger animal would want to wander off and do things incorrectly, the strong animal was able to continue in the right path and the younger animal would have no choice but to follow the larger animal because they were “yoked” together. Wherever the larger animal went, the younger animal went. If the larger oxen stopped, the smaller oxen stopped. If the larger ox moved, the smaller oxen moved. Whatever the stronger did, the weaker had to follow.
What a powerful illustration that Jesus was calling everyone to come under His Lordship and mentoring! To come under Jesus’ “yoke” would mean to come under His might, His strength, His wisdom, His power, His grace, His mercy, His love, His forgiveness, and His supernatural power.
Jesus invited them to get discipled and taught from Him so they may experience rest for their souls. Being yoked to Jesus means we are yoked to the Word of God.
O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness endures to all generations; You established the earth, and it abides. They continue this according to Your ordinances, for all are Your servants. Unless You law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction. I will never forget You precepts, for by them You have given me life.-Psalm 119.89-93
Another example is Jesus with Peter and the disciples who had toiled all night, but inspite of the vivid knowledge of the natural dismal results, after Jesus instructions, Peter said, “Neverthless, at your word, Lord, I will let down the nets.” So, Peter was willing to set aside what he “knew” in the physical realm and was prepared to choose words that would describe the spiritual realm. He chose “Heaven’s Breath!”
It was “Heaven’s Breath” (the Word of God) that created more fish than they could handle. Abundance is God’s style.
Jesus said, I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me (the WORD) you can do nothing.