Rebecca Huddle - Olympia I, Washington Convention - 2018

Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto Me, all ye that labour 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.” What a blessing the yoke of Jesus is! I remember when I only saw it as an instrument of restriction of my own will but now I see it will make me one with Jesus! We have the same goal and purpose because our steps are aligned with His.

John 15:12, “This is My commandment, that ye love one another, as I have loved you.” On our own, we cannot love others like Jesus loves us but the yoke of Jesus makes it possible. When our heart and mind are aligned with His, a wonderful exchange happens! The yoke of Jesus is the answer to both our strengths and weaknesses. If our strength is not controlled in a measured way, it can be destructive (picture a bull in a china cabinet). Jesus can use our strengths in a constructive way - He’s directing and doing the work. This is not just for the ministry but for us all! Our weaknesses – there is help for that, too. As we walk beside Jesus, He is bearing the weight of the burden.

I Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.” Such an uneven match is what God has planned, and it will take us on a sure course to heaven! If we are feeling overwhelmed, have we bowed our mind and will to the yoke of Jesus, or are we trying to do things in our own strength? We want to welcome His yoke and control into our life because it brings rich blessing.

 

The yoke teaches us to learn to love to labor, and to labor for things of eternal profit.