Jesus gave you and me an amazing invitation:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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.”
– Matthew 11

In my travels to S.E. Asia I often see sets of oxen yoked together, pulling a cart of supplies. From medieval times yokes were used to harness the strength of the animal(s) for the task at hand. Oxen. Camels. Horses.

In times of human slavery, yokes were used to control and announce ownership. The person in this situation understood they had a debt to pay before they could be free.

In our modern day you and I can be yoked up with many things. Our hard driven personality; an unhealthy relationship; our vulnerability toward addiction etc.

Here Jesus is telling us, “get yoked up with Me.” “Let’s walk side by side.” “Let’s do life together, as a team.”

The most amazing thing of all is that when He’s pulling with you, He’s also pulling for you. His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Let’s be sure we respond to His invitation.

In His Love and mine,

 

Kathleen

https://www.britannica.com/technology/yoke
http://www.understandingslavery.com/index.php-option=com_content&view=article&id=596_yoke&catid=144&Itemid=254.html

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