28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 ESV
Take my yoke. For many who have been believers a long time you’ve no doubt read this passage a hundred times. But for today– take a moment and let those three words sink into your soul. Take my yoke.
Take my yoke…and you will find rest…
Jesus, as He so often does, gives us a paradox. How can we put on a yoke and expect it to give us rest? Usually, we lay things down in order to find rest. But Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you.” Jesus wants you to pick something up so that you will lay something down. You can’t take something on without letting go. You can’t receive something into your hands if your hands are full. You have to let go. And this is the point of the narrative. You have to let go.
Too many of us want to hold on. We hold on so long that we rarely let go. Today the Command of Jesus is to let go….let go of your worry….let go of your kids….let go of your finances…let go of your spouse…let go of your boss….let go of your future. You were never really in control anyway.
Jesus wants you to let go so that you can take His yoke. When we take His yoke we attach our lives to His. We learn from Him. We are learning His ways not our ways. When we let go we give full control to Jesus. It doesn’t mean that we do nothing. It means we stop doing things our way. We stop trying to control the situation. We stop trying to spin things our way. Instead we allow Jesus to work His way in our life and in the lives of those around us.
You’ll never really find rest unless you let go and let God. Learn from Him today. Be obedient to what He tells you to do and leave the rest in His hands. I promise, if you walk in this simple truth, your burden will be a lot lighter this week!