Take My Yoke

Today’s Daily Devotion – December 20 2022

By Dr. George J. Ceremuga

Matthew 11:28 Daily Devotion Scripture

Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. — Mathew 11:28

Jesus continues, take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy and my burden light (VV 29-30). The meaning of Matthew 11:28-30 shows us God’s intention for us. It’s not to weigh us down but give us rest. God has a purpose for you, but his purpose isn’t an unbearable burden, it’s an appropriate weight. And you don’t have to accomplish it alone, you are yoked to Jesus. Jesus invites us to learn from Him, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords himself. What an honor and invitation!

Remember the context. Jesus is talking to people who are weighed down by the rules put in place by the religious. They can’t possibly live up to these expectations and they are weary from trying. Jesus is inviting us to put down the heavy yoke. There is a better way- to be yoked with Jesus Christ.

Jesus is clear, there are expectations to following him. And it won’t always be easy. But he’s gentle. He’s not like the other things we yoke our lives to that weigh us down. Even in the difficult seasons we can find rest and peace because we are yoked to him. We aren’t going through life alone and by our own strength.

Never let go of the hand of Jesus…

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