Command of Christ # 25

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! Well, we are officially over the half-way mark in the Commands of Christ! I can't believe that it has already been 6 months!!!
This week we will talk about the command, Take My Yoke. Jesus said, "Come unto me all ye that labor 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).
Who cannot relate to being burdened and heavy laden? The word 'burden' means to 'feel fatigued' or 'to have continual toil.' When Jesus was speaking these words, He was talking to those who were under the burden of the Law. Before someone comes to know the Lord, they are a slave to sin and are subject to the prince of the power of the air. 
Jesus wants us to be yoked in fellowship with Him; He asks us to take His yoke! What freedom comes when we are brought into eternal fellowship with Christ! He wants us to learn His ways and follow His example. He uses two qualities to describe Himself: meek and lowly. We see this fleshed out in the rest of the Scriptures and especially in Philippians. "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name" (Philippians 2:5-9). Christ humbled Himself even to the point of dying for wretched sinners.  His submission to God's plan allowed Him to be highly exalted and to sit on the throne of glory.
When we learn the character of Christ and submit to Christ's yoke, we will experience peace and things will go well with us.  It is when we strain and pull against God's commands and plans that we feel that life is painful and unbearable.  When we follow Christ's lead, we find that the yoke is easy and that all He has commanded us is for our good! "Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein" (Jeremiah 6:16).
I often lose sight of God's goodness and faithfulness and begin to pull in my own direction--I refuse to submit to what He wants. It is at those times that life becomes confusing and burdensome, but when I am fulling trusting His promises, there is a peace that passes all understanding. There are times when we will suffer and life will be hard, but we can still have a peace and rest when we trust His plans.
When I was struggling against the Lord and my parents before I became a Christian, life was burdensome and filled with woes.  There were conflicts everywhere and the more I pushed ahead with my own plans, the more the tension grew. When I became a Christian and submitted both to God and my parents, I felt an amazing freedom! Even though I had taken the yoke of Christ and had willingly decided to be under my parents' authority, I had peace. God's ways are so strange and wonderful!
-Have you at one time submitted your life to Christ and made Him Lord over your life?
-Is there unnecessary strain in your life, because you are not submitting to His lead?
-Is there an area that you need to surrender fully to God?
"Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved" (Psalm 55:22).
Notes adapted from IBLP's Commands of Christ study journal and pocket guide

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