The Glorious Yoke of Christ

“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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:29-30).

Few of us want to be under any kind of yoke. People want to be free to do and think as they please. But, actually, all are born into sin, a form of slavery:

“Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin’ ” (John 8:34).

But when one comes to Christ, God transforms that person granting liberty and freedom:

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).

Jesus sets free those under the bondage of sin, judgment and misery. He removes their sin and guilt, but He does not remove their yoke. He transforms it.

The yoke of Christ does not bring fear, hardship and turmoil. It brings joy, fulfillment and purpose. We have exchanged one master for another. Our new Master loves us and tends to His flock. He gives us His Holy Spirit and enables us to understand spiritual things. We serve a wonderful Master, unlike our previous one.

Our new yoke cuts both ways. Our master looks after us, but we must lovingly submit to Him. Someone might protest and say, “I don’t want to submit to anyone or anything.” You already do. We either serve Christ or sin. Everyone serves one or the other.

“Do you not know that if you present yourselves to anyone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin, which leads to death, or of obedience, which leads to righteousness?” (Romans 6:16).

One question remains: Who will you serve?

God is not a dictator. He’s actually much more powerful and wields much more authority. Yet, unlike human dictators, our God is perfect. He is perfect in love, and perfect in righteousness. If you must serve someone, and you must, why not Him?

No one under the yoke of Christ thinks they serve a tyrant. They serve joyfully knowing thata their God reigns supreme and treats us with wisdom, love and care. He looks after us and brings us along life’s way.

The more we learn about God and what He did for us, the more we will want to serve Him. Reaffirm your commitment today, because He is worthy of our love, worship and service.

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