Tuesday, April 14, 2009

What's On Your Mind '09 - The Yoke of Christ

Today's assignment is to read this excerpt from Oswald Chambers on Matthew 11:28-30 and express our thoughts based on this scripture:

"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."

When I look at these scriptures, I have always thought it meant to give Him our problems and He will lighten our load. Certainly that is what the first part of this scripture means. But I notice that Mr. Chambers says, "Jesus is asking us to take one end of the yoke - "My yoke is easy, get alongside Me and we will pull together." Are you identified with the Lord Jesus like that? If so, you will thank God for the pressure of His hand. "

Instead of doing things our own way, doing the work that WE want to do, Jesus wants us to join with Him in HIS work! It makes sense that if we are working WITH Him, things will go well. You're working in the will of God which guarantees success.

"But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations." Psalm 33:11

I also wanted to comment on what Oswald said, "If we did not know some saints, we would say - "Oh, he, or she, has nothing to bear." Lift the veil. The fact that the peace and the light and the joy of God are there is proof that the burden is there too."

I have been guilty of thinking that because some people's lives seem worry-free, they had no burden. I've learned that isn't true, and in fact, often the ones who seem so successful and everything falls into place for them are the very ones struggling with a cross far heavier than mine. Their struggle might be on-going, in the past or at some future date. It may just be the season they are in.

The truth is, every believer has struggles in life. It's a given. The question is, will you trust Christ to help you with it?

What's on YOUR mind? Would you like to express your ideas? Link up at Shane's
Heart Reflections and share?


  1. So true! Sometimes the more peace a believer has - the deeper trial they've been through. God's "economy" is just mind boggling!

  2. Great reflection. In fact at our devotions today at work, OC's was quoted. I have always enjoyed his daily devotionals. Thank you for sharing Jerri! Blessings.


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