Posts Tagged ‘Yoke’

“I will give you rest … you will find rest for your souls”


Jesus’ invitation to those who are weary from carrying heavy burdens and stress is one which many of us fail to grasp.


We long for the rest Jesus promises and of which many others speak, but it escapes us because we do not attend to the RSVP on the invitation.


The RSVP is: Take my yoke upon you.


Rest comes not to those who long for it in Jesus’ name, but to those who yoke themselves to Jesus, letting Him carry their burdens.  


If you are weary and stressed, stop running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off praying, “Jesus help me, I am tired.”


Instead of running around Jesus, frantically reaching out to Him, stop and link yourself to Him.  Then, and only then, will you find rest for your souls.


Come to me, all who weary and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. (1)


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(1) Matthew 11:28–29

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If you have the whine in you, kick it out ruthlessly. (1)

Periodically, I invite my wife and a few close friends to join a parade with me.  Their usual response is, “I love you, but I have no interest in that parade!”

The parade I invite them to is a Pity Parade.  I invite them when I am down in the dumps, standing in the middle of a short tunnel, and feel that life has not been fair to me.  

The Pity Parade is usually a parade of one.  However, there is one person who will join you in the parade, Jesus.  He will not join you in the your moping and whining, but He will offer to let you hook up your wagon to His.  He will invite you to be His dance partner.

I usually begin my Pity Parade when I am tired, when I am weak, and when the world is a bit more than I can bare alone.  When Jesus comes alongside us in our parading, He invites us to join Him with these words:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (2)

Pity Parades are begun by people who have forgotten about God’s love, His grace, power, and strength and who rejected His invitation.  God is out of their sight and far from their mind.

The only way to know the strength of God is to take the yoke of Jesus upon us and learn of Him.  It is a positive crime to be weak in God’s strength. (1)

If you are with God.  If you have invited Him into your day!  If you are joined to Him, you will never be weak!  

The way to build a life without needing Pity Parades to attract the sympathy of others is to rely upon God’s strength, rather than to live in the illusion of your own bravo.

Isaiah wrote: Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them!

The righteous are yoked to Jesus’ righteousness and find that all is well with their souls.  Things are so well, they dance their days away with Jesus.

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  1. Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest : Selections for the Year (Grand Rapids, MI: Discovery House Publishers, 1993).
  2. The Holy Bible: English Standard Version (Wheaton: Standard Bible Society, 2001), Matthew 11:28–30.

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