Matthew 11:20-30; Leviticus 13; Proverbs 25
Have you ever seen the pictures that show two kids sharing one shirt? The shirt usually says something like “This is our get along shirt.” Putting the two kids together like that forces them to work together instead of fighting. It’s a clever idea. In fact, it’s a small example of how Jesus plans to train His children to grow and work with Him. “Put on my yoke, and learn from me. I’m gentle and humble. And you will find rest for yourselves.” (Matthew 11:29) He calls us to put His yoke on us. A yoke involved two oxen, or other animals. It allows the animals to pull together as a team. Farmers breaking a new animal to the yoke would pair the new animal with a well-trained one. When the new one tried to do his own thing, the well-trained one would stay the course. If we accept the challenge of Jesus and put on His yoke, figuratively of course, we are seeking to do His will in this world, but with Jesus right beside us pulling us back into the way we should go. Jesus guides us gently into His will so that we can become the people He’s called us to be. If we take on the yoke of Jesus, He will draw us back into His path in His gentle, determined way. In that way, we become better servants of God.
Lord, direct my paths. Let me be yoked to You so that I will take the challenges that life sets before me and respond as You would. Guide me each step of the way and let me reflect Your love, grace and humility.