A New Approach to Obedience (2)
Jesus said, 'My yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light' (Matthew 11:30 NLT). Many who heard these words were farmers who used oxen to plough their fields. They understood what Jesus was saying because the yoke was one of their most important bits of equipment. It was a wooden attachment that fitted between two oxen so that their full pulling power could be released. They wouldn't dream of putting an ill-fitting yoke on their oxen that caused them to chafe, or pull the plough in a wonky line. Now, when Jesus used this illustration He wasn't saying that His followers are cows. Don't get take the 'pulling power' phrase literally! This is about Jesus having a role for you which suits your personality. He's saying there's a job for you to do, which will take some effort - but it's a job you were built for and will ultimately excel at.
So why do so many of us not feel an instant desire to get out there and get on with it? Quite simply because we've spent so long not being the person we were made to be, and not doing the things we were made to do, that the 'yoke' feels totally weird at first. The only way to make it feel less weird is just to get started and get into the groove!
So what now? Jesus has the perfect 'yoke' for you, to guide you in the 'groove' that suits you best. So why not get started now? Obedience isn't hard work; it's what you were made for!
Soulfood : 2 Cor 9:1-11:15, Lk 1:1-10, Ps 144:9-15, Prov 16:4-7