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"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."

Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)


Matthew 11:28-30 contains a beautiful description of the purpose and pace of the Spirit-filled walk.

Jesus invites you to a restful walk in tandem with Him, just as two oxen walk together under the same yoke.

"How can a yoke be restful?" you ask.

Because Jesus' yoke is an easy yoke.

As the lead ox, Jesus walks at a steady pace.

If you pace yourself with Him, your burden will be easy. But if you take a passive approach to the relationship, you'll be painfully dragged along in the yoke because Jesus keeps walking. Or if you try to race ahead or turn off in another direction, the yoke will chafe your neck and your life will be uncomfortable.

The key to a restful yoke-relationship with Jesus is to learn from Him and open yourself to His gentleness and humility.

The picture of walking in the Spirit in tandem with Jesus also helps us understand our service to God.

How much will you get done without Jesus pulling on His side of the yoke?

Nothing, because He said, ".. for without me ye can do nothing." (John 15:5).

And how much will be accomplished without you on your side?

Nothing. A yoke can only work if both are pulling together.

Paul said, "I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase." (1 Corinthians 3:6).

You and I have the privilege to plant and water, but if God isn't in it, nothing will grow.

However, if we don't plant and water, nothing will grow.

God has chosen to work through the church,

in partnership with you,

to do His work in the world today. He's the lead ox.

Let's learn from Him.


Dear Jesus, I want You to be my yoke-mate today. Keep me from going ahead or lagging behind. I want to walk step-by-step with You. Help me carry the yoke of burden in my shoulder right now, because with You, my loads will become lighter. I pray to You, in Jesus Name, Amen.

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