Day One: The Restful Yoke

Matthew 11:27-30 (NIV) – All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

“Costly grace is the sanctuary of God; it has to be protected from the world, and not thrown to the dogs. It is therefore the living word, the Word of God, which he speaks as it pleases him. Costly grace confronts us as a gracious call to follow Jesus, it comes as a word of forgiveness to the broken spirit and the contrite heart. Grace is costly because it compels a man to submit to the yoke of Christ and follow him; it is grace because Jesus says: ‘My yoke is easy and my burden is light.’” [Dietrich Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship, p.45]

A yoke is a wooden crosspiece over two animals pulling a cart or plow so that the animals are forced to move in the same direction. True rest and true freedom is not freedom from a yoke, but rather to be yoked to Jesus – and Jesus’s invitation is for us to choose to take his yoke upon us.

Prayer: Lord, help us hear your invitation to come to you and find rest. It is your grace that calls us to take your yoke upon us and to learn from you and that is something to be guarded and treasured. We willingly submit ourselves and the direction of our lives to you once again today!

Let’s worship to the song, “Jesus, Only Jesus”(Click here) by Martin Smith.

– BW