His Yoke Is Easy
"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 and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
At times we feel that our yoke is just too heavy to bear. That's when Jesus says, "Here, take my yoke. It's easy. The burden is light." Oh yeah? we think. What yoke could possibly be light?
Tired Christians feel this way. They get up in the morning and are overcome by exhaustion before the wearisome routine even begins. Sometimes they feel pressured to perform up to God's expectations. Or they add to their list of religious duties as proof of their righteousness before the watchful eye of the Lord. Then when they hear that God wants to step in and relieve them of all this, it seems unbelievable.
It's sad, but some Christians prefer to hoist on their shoulders the yoke of painful self-sacrifice and religious duty. Sure, it feels burdensome and heavy, but they prefer the route of self-sacrifice. It's something they can "do," something that involves "my effort," and "my faithfulness." It's easier (although heavier) to bear burdens that are "mine" rather than cast one's self on the Lord in utter despair, weakness, and helplessness. The wearisome rule-keeping exalts self, while coming to the Lord empty-handed gives self nothing to glory in.
What makes the yoke of Christ easy? What makes His burden light? Love. Daily, we move in His spirit... pray unceasingly... look to Him for grace. These are the disciplines of love that make our daily tasks light and full of ease. If we fail to move in His love, the tasks seem tiresome.
Lord, it's not my faithfulness that counts. May I move in Your love and power today and find Your yoke... light.