November 10, 2017
Read: Matthew 11:1-30
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Scripture- Matthew 11:28-30 - Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Observations- Following Jesus' short prayer of thanksgiving and his proclamation that He and the Father are one he then offers hope to all who come to him. An opportunity to yoke up with Him so that our burdens might be lightened and so that our souls might find rest.
Application- This passage is an invitation from Jesus to us to yoke up with him so that we can join him and do life with him. He's not so much interested in our burdens as much as He is interested in us! Those of us that take Jesus up on his offer to come and take on His yoke are transformed. Our burdens may not necessarily disappear but we don't have to deal with them on our own and because we are transformed our thoughts and actions towards are burdens are different. The weight of the burden shifts from just us carrying the burden to Jesus and us carrying the burden together and that's good news! We are better together and we are better being yoked with Jesus.
Prayer- Dear Jesus, thank you so much for the invitation to yoke up with you. Life has many burdens and challenges but I don't have to carry those burden on my own. You lighten my load by sharing my load. Continue to transform my life so that I might be more like you every day! Amen.
"Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved." (Psalm 55:22)