The picture in my mind is of me carrying the weight of all the chores I have to do and the obligations I have to meet on my shoulders hanging down from one of those yokes they put across cattle. At this time, how many of us have clung to these words of Jesus, have grabbed them and rubbed them all over our bodies like warm lotion, have taken them deep into our hearts when we feel like we just…can’t…do…another…thing or take…one…more…step? I know that I have and that I do!
While we are blessed with days of vacation and time away from our daily routine of life, I am fortunate to have time to catch up with many things…with my writing, but more so, with the reading that I long to do. I just finished reading A. W. Tozer’s amazing book, The Pursuit of GOD. One of the most powerful messages Tozer gives is the description of what it is that makes us “heavy laden” and how Jesus can give us rest from that. He says if we examine our burden ,we will find it to be an interior one, attacking our heart and our mind and reaching our body from within! Have you ever imagined it that way? I know I hadn’t.
What does it mean to have an interior or internal burden? Of course, Tozer mentions specific types of interior burdens, but this idea struck my awareness of some of my own individual buried burdens hanging so heavily on that shoulder yoke. Maybe it’s feeling unworthy and critical of myself. Or maybe it’s a painful hurt coming as a result of a criticism or comment that someone made to or about me. Perhaps it’s when I feel I’ve not done something as well as I think I should have.
Jesus wants to give me rest. In the Bible he wants me to find who I am in Christ…not who I am in this world… but who I am in Him. Slowly, these beautiful scriptures chip away at that heavy yoke bringing me down:
- “I am a child of God” (John 1: 12)
- “I have peace with God” (Rom. 5:1) The wood is cracking…
- “I am not condemned by God” (Rom.8:1) The yoke splinters to pieces…
- “I am completely forgiven” (Col. 1:14) It is nothing but a pile of wood on the ground!
- “I am tenderly loved by God” (Jer. 31:3) Hallelujah!
“Here,” Jesus says, “Take MY yoke upon you, and learn of me…and you shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matt. 11: 29-30) This new yoke feels like thick fleece wrapped around my shoulders on a chilly day; this new yoke fills my heart with smiling joys; my soul’s love runneth over!” Why?
Our Jesus says, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt. 11: 29-30) Wearing the yoke of Jesus gives us rest because it reminds us of how incredibly loved we are by Him and by God. And…wear it every minute…it NEVER wears out! Thank you, Jesus.
God Bless you,