Taking Only His Yoke
"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." -Matthew 11:29-30
In our busy world, it is easy to get involved in so many things. When life gets complicated, it can be overwhelming!
Because we have such a limited amount of time on earth, it is essential that we use our time where we are best suited or called. The Message version of the above verse states, "I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
The problem lies in what we feel obligated to do. We may not want to let someone down or lose our reputation. It is wise to be accountable, and it is right to follow through. But, we need to know our limits. The magic word for this problem is, "no." Jesus challenged His disciples to put Him first, even before friends or family. (Luke 9:59-62)
When Jesus was in full pursuit of His purpose, sometimes He had to say "no" to the multitudes to get some rest for He and His disciples. (Mark 6:31) Although He was God, He rested.
Are there any yokes or burdens you are carrying that God has not called you to bear? Pray about those today and ask God which ones He has called you to bear. I believe the saddest thing we could do is exchange busy or obligatory work for the work of our true calling. Let God lead you in this today.
Related resource: Margin: Restoring Emotional, Physical, Financial, and Time Reserves to Overloaded Lives by Dr. Richard Swenson