Carrying a Heavy Burden?

A favorite verse inspires today’s word-of-the-week…

YOKE

I feel like I’ve encountered a lot of folks lately who seem like they’re carrying a lot of weight around.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, 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 11:28-30)

In Jesus’ time, a rabbi’s “yoke” was his teaching, the doctrine and rules his followers were required to accept. So Jesus was telling people to let go of the burdens imposed by the religious leaders–that’s not what He was about.

I love the way this passage is phrased in The Message:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

If you’re one of those folks who’s lugging around something heavy or ill-fitting, I invite you to take a moment and listen to Jesus’ words. Consider the possibility that, even in the midst of struggle, He wants you to experience the unforced rhythms of grace.

I felt prompted to write this, maybe for you…perhaps this is the week for you to let yourself live just a bit more “freely and lightly.”

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