Today, over at the Faith Barista we are discussing rest. As I was thinking about this post, I thought…rest? What is that? I think I vaguely remember something called rest years ago, long before work, kids, life…Then I ran across this Scripture
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. ~Matthew 11:29
I got to thinking about this verse and, as my mother taught me, I began to break it down so I would fully understand it.
We all carry stuff around with us everyday. When we are kids, the yoke is light for the most part. Our biggest worries are whether or not we will get to play with our friends today or when Susie Q tells us she’s not our friend anymore over a misunderstanding. Then we’re teenagers. Now are yoke is carrying boyfriend/girlfriend troubles, peer pressure, general teenage angst, etc. Then we become adults; we start our jobs in the world, we get married, have families, try to have lives and our yokes become heavier and heavier. And if our life contains tragedy or hardships beyond the norm, our yoke can be even heavier than ever.
Have you ever noticed that it’s not horses or donkeys that typically carry yokes? It’s usually oxen and even then, it’s usually two of them to carry one yoke. Our bodies, both physically and spiritually, were never meant to carry so much.
In the Scripture listed above, Christ tells us to take His yoke on ourselves. But it goes on in verse 30 to say
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
See Christ knew that all our worries, fears, problems, etc. would weigh on us so heavily. When He died on the cross, He died for our sins and as a wonderful bonus, he takes our heavy yoke and replaces it with his easy one. He wants to carry the heavy yoke for us. That’s real rest.
Today, I challenge
you myself, to take on the yoke of Christ and actually rest!