Disciple: Take My Yoke Upon You
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.” – Matthew 11:29-30
Throughout Scripture, we are guaranteed struggle, strife, and trials as believers in Christ. Taking a look at anything from 2 Timothy, we read Paul’s description of all of the pain he has endured and was enduring at the time of his writing. Through all of this, he continually points back to Christ. So we see and understand this as an example of the way we are to live as Christians, constantly pointing to Christ through the difficult times.
Yet, these verses in Matthew seem to move in the opposite direction of the heavy burdens that come with being a Christian. Jesus says that if we take His yoke upon us, as disciples, we will find rest? How is this even possible. We are somehow supposed to take a heavy yoke upon us, which should weigh us down and bring trials and difficulties, and yet, it brings rest for our souls.
The key to understanding this is what we find in between the command of taking His yoke and finding rest. We are called to learn from Christ. This is exactly what it means to be a disciple: to be constantly formed more and more into the image and likeness of Christ our Savior. Additionally, Jesus says that He is gentle and humble in heart. As God, He is infinitely mighty and powerful enough to throw off any oppression, weight, or chains that may hold him down. Yet, He chooses to be gentle and humble, finding strength in His intimate relationship with His Father, so that He can continue to bear the yoke.
This is what we are called to. And this is how these verses end. The yoke of Christ is easy and His burden is light. The reason that the trials and difficulties we face as Disciples are easy and light is because Christ bears them alongside us. Christ does not say, “bear your yoke.” He says, “Come, take my yoke upon you. Find your strength in me, and I will find it in my Father. Let us bear it together.”
Action Step: Read Psalm 46:1-3. How does the truth of Christ bearing His yoke alongside us help you see this Psalm in a more clear light? Take a few minutes to commit this verse from Matthew to memory, and spend some time in prayer, asking God to help you see more clearly His faithfulness in your life.