Have you ever analyzed where all your obligations and demands come from? What is the source of your overwhelming weariness? People do not feel harassed, helpless, and alone without knowing that they fall short of what could be. You do not get burned out unless there is something or someone driving you to exhaustion. You do not have a meaning crisis without an attachment to that which is robbing you.


Jesus extends an invitation to the better way he learned with his Father. He said,



Matthew 11:

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”



The “yoke” was the wooden frame joining two animals (usually oxen) for pulling heavy loads; this image was used metaphorically to describe one individual’s subjection to another.[1]


When Jesus invites us to take his yoke upon us, he is giving us an alternative to the yoke that we have been wearing. You cannot put on the yoke of Jesus without being released from the other one. You cannot wear two yokes at once and be pulled in opposing directions.


If you are restless, overwhelmed and too dog-tired to function, I wonder what yoke we have had on us and what burden we have been pulling? There are several burden-bearing systems that we can find ourselves hitched to. Let’s look at two of them.




[1] NIV Application Commentary ©2004 by Michael J. Wilkins

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