Published March 16, 2010

Shelia Shares....
"The Yoke's On You"

For every Christian, there will probably be times of great discouragement. At some time, you might feel like living a Christian life is just much for you to do. You might be tempted to "throw in the towel."

Remember Moses? He lead the Children of Israel out of Egypt. He met God on the mountain and got the ten commandments directly from Him. He talked to God and God talked to Him. He was "a man of God."

But when God called that same Moses, Moses wasn't thrilled to be called. His basic conversation was, "why me?" He added, "I can't even talk. Get someone else." And his clincher was a reminder to God, "What if I blow it?!"

God basically responded saying, "I'll handle it. You just need to be available. Do what I say."

God doesn't expect you to make things happen. He does ask you to do your part and then to trust Him to do His part. Your part is what we can see you doing. God's part is opening those doors that you can't open. God's part is taking the words that you speak – and fitting them to meet someone's need. God's part is the difference between living a good life and living a life that touches people and has a purpose.

Matthew 11:29-30 (New King James Version) reads, "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."

How does this verse apply to living life as a Christian? What is this verse about? What is this talk about a yoke? Why do you even have a yoke?

Animals have a yoke because there is work to do. The yoke connects them to their work.

And, you have a yoke -- of some kind -- because there is work to do as a Christian. Jesus doesn't say we won't have to work. He DOES say that in doing our work, we need to exchange OUR heavy burden – OUR yoke – for HIS yoke. His words are, "For MY yoke is easy and MY burden is light."

You may have many heavy days ahead of you as you work for the Lord. But, sharing Jesus' yoke means you will get the work done and the load – the results – rest with Jesus, not your ability.

A key verse to keep in mind is Romans 15:13 (New King James Version). "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in HOPE by the power of the Holy Spirit."

God's best to you as you work for Him.

- Shelia

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