Yielding to the Yoke

                           Yielding to the Yoke

Many times as I prepare to write a study or devotion, I have PAGES of research.   There are  yellow stickys slapped all over my hand written notes, definitions, scripture verses, cross references,  and yes a few doodles here and there.  I believe as I began to actually write this particular devotion it would be out of my own personal spiritual journal entries that I glean from most.  My head is bowed as I consider those things He has whispered in my ear these past couple of weeks.  Thank you Jesus.

Yes, I will quote from the original Greek, steer you towards some awesome principles, but it is the heart of what God is saying that I ask you to keep in mind.  We will spend the next few weeks considering what it means to get strapped in with Jesus, and go for the wildest ride of our lives!  Yielding to the Yoke.  Let’s begin…..

Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30  (KJV)

Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and
learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye
shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy,
and my burden is light.

This is an invitation.  It is personal.  It does not come at a more perfect time.  The invitation is on going.   It is however, one that requires a R.S.V.P.  How many times we procrastinate in our R.S.V.P. because we are just not sure that we can commit or actually wait for a better offer to come along.  Well loved one, it doesn’t get better than this.

The context of what Jesus is speaking to is that of the traditions of the day, the forced customs of carrying the burden of the law.  There was so much ‘do’s and don’ts’ that they actually lost sight of ‘being’.  Sound familiar today?
The Pharisees called obedience to a program (religious duty) – Jesus calls obedience to a person (relationship – discipleship).
 
Often we read something, and it is quick and we pass over it.  Not this time.
I spent nearly 2 days on the phrase ‘come unto Me’.  But first, we look at what Jesus was talking about just before He said this, it was in His prayer that He says (verse 27) “My Father has entrusted everything to me. No one truly knows the Son except the Father, and no one truly knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”  Can you see the holy huddle?  This is close proximity- intimate fellowship between the Father and Son.   It is as if, they are embraced.  I can see Jesus drop an arm and reach out … to you and I, saying “Come here, be with US”.  Oh the US of God.  Remember the ‘Let Us’ of the book of Genesis?  “Let Us make man in our own image” (Gen. 1:26). “Let Us go down and confuse their languages…” (Gen.11:7 – Tower of Babel).

Come unto Me”.  This request is a statement of ‘belonging’.   I love the word picture described here in the Greek.  It was NOT a casual “Oh you-who, when you have a moment, could you venture over in this direction”.  It literally means, ‘come HERE, move forward, come near – right here, beside … Me.’

Oh you may think “so what’s the big deal?” 

Consider this. You are in a crowd, there is so much activity it is difficult to even concentrate,  your shoulders sag because the demands placed upon you are too great, from others AND (or) yourself.   You are weary, tired, one could even say ‘overwhelmed’.   You look over, and Jesus catches YOUR eye.  He speaks directly to YOU.  What do you do?  Do you move?  Do you go to Him?  Hm….  There is NO better place to be, then near, right there – beside Jesus. 

What will it take, to get you to go to Jesus?  If weariness is not enough, do you have to reach complete exhaustion, the sense of defeat, or even a fallen state, before you attempt to move? 

I would offer that position is everything.  Due to the fall of man, there was a dividing line between us and God.  Jesus came, lived- died- and went back to the Father for our ‘position’.  He re-positioned us.   He picked us up and placed us right back next to the Father.  That is what redemption and grace is, it means something that has tipped over and not in its right place, it is then picked up, re-set and now sits where it belongs.

Do we need some‘re-positioning’?  Come unto Me.

I leave you with these same verses (Matt. 11:28-30) as expressed in The Message.

Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me.
Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you
how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch
how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay
anything heavy or ill-fitting on you.

Next week we will proceed on through these verses, but first capture, get a hold of, regardless of your condition… the ‘come unto Me’ and GO!

Have a God-loving, go and position yourself right beside Jesus – week.

In Him DeDe (Ps. 92:4 You thrill me, LORD …)

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