|Take My Yoke for it is Easy|
What do you think of when you hear the word “YOKE?”
A yoke was placed on oxen to control them and keep them on the “Right path.”
Two as a team under a yoke would get more work done, faster and easier.
The farmer could not hook together opposite animals such as an ox and a donkey, because they would pull against each other causing problems, waste and destruction.
This is the reason Paul told us
2 Corinthians 6:14 Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship has Righteousness with Unrighteousness? What partnership has Light with Darkness?
(This verse speaks of partnership with both God and the devil and it just will not work.)
We should also apply this scripture to our association with people we hang out with. Are your friends like minded to follow Christ or is there a clash of wills and desires?
It is good to attend a church where the Bible is taught, and your belief in God is yoked up together with persons who attend.
If you are seeking a mate – do keep this in mind to avoid BIG trouble ahead. Only date those of LIKE precious faith, and persons who are actively serving Christ Jesus. Also it is good to date one who believes in the present day work of the Holy Spirit.
Warning: Do not date an unbeliever or one who is a member of a cult, such as New Age, types of meditation, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons or into Spiritism. Avoid the problems and horror stories that come from yoking up with these kinds of relationships.
Jesus offered us to YOKE up with him because he is gentle, kind and will give you peace and rest.
Matthew 11:28-30 Come unto me, all you 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 you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
The yoke of subjection to Jesus.Jesus is giving his disciples a reason why they should embrace his teachings. He was not harsh, overbearing, and oppressive, like the Pharisees, (For they bind heavy burdens laying them on men’s shoulders and grievous to be borne,) but Jesus is meek, mild, and gentle in his government. His laws were reasonable and tender, and it would be easy to obey him.
Once we are free in Christ, Galatians 5:1 Christ did set us free: stand fast therefore, and be not entangled again in a yoke of bondage.
What can we learn from this message today?
1. Examine your self be sure you are “Yoked up” with Jesus and those of like minded Faith.
2. As we reach out to our neighbors, we will discover people yoked up with all types of belief and bondage. Keep Jesus uppermost in our sharing and be sure to have a Bible or brochure to leave with those we meet to encourage them to Yoke up with Jesus.