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Is It Time to Yoke Up?

Posted by Pastor Dave Johnson on September 3, 2022

Tired? Worn out to a frizzle? Need a break? How a about a real break, and make it a break-away into a life of rest? If interested, let us all come to terms with the Lord’s invitation to everyone over-burdened in body, soul and spirit. Here’s what the Lord has to say, “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). The Lord goes on to tell us how that rest begins. It all starts with the word COME, meaning “come now!” It is used as an interjection of urgency, with the imperative of God’s command: “You need to come, NOW!” Then, when obeyed, we see that He has something interesting for us to don as our apparel in lessening the weight of our burdens in life. That something is a spiritual instrument of being at ONE with HIM: “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me” (v. 29). You may say, “Why a yoke when I need rest from labor?” Notice, the verse is indicative of whose yoke it is; the yoke is identified as the Lord’s, for us regarding HIS PULL for us in life. So, first of all, we need come to the Lord, then for us to be yoking up with him; when we do, we possess what He has, given to us from Who He is. He is the Spirit of rest living within us as we labor. Jesus lovingly tells us, “And I will give your rest” and then He emphasizes that reposed state by repeating it: “Ye shall find rest for your souls” (v. 29). You see, when we are in spiritual union with him, that restful yoke is fitted with His presence, for His power FOR THE WEARY. And all the while we are getting to know His precepts for a life filled with His wisdom: knowing more and more of His “handle” on life. That’s why he includes in that invitation for us to “learn of me!” So, let’s do some yoking up and then do some learning OF HIM in our work-a-day, daily grind of a world.

The “learn of me” spiritual exercise is so inclusive of REST to be given to us. Rest comes by knowing the Lord not only in our worship time, but also in our work time, which then becomes “worth-ship” time with HIM. Dr. Bob Jones Sr. reminds us: “You can’t separate the secular from the spiritual.” The Lord wants us to be knowing who He really is in every phase and aspect of our life. So, we must ask ourselves, who is HE? Well, Jesus tells us: “I am meek and lowly of heart” (v. 29). God is saying come united with me in all that I want to accomplish in your life and when you are yoked up with me, there is a discovery for the “tired you” concerning the RESTFUL ME. He is telling us that he has some powerful meekness in Spirit; Holy Spirit meekness given to us is “strength under control” for our day-by-day operation in life. Power to control, and offset those difficulties confronting us as we are going on and then going on some more. Then, there’s more to learn when yoked up with HIM. Jesus also tells us this: “I am lowly of heart.” His LOWLY SPIRIT is right there beside us when we are enduring humbling hardships, being knocked down to our knees. He desires to identify with our valley ventures, when life’s cruel adversaries come uninvited. The Apostle Paul reminds us that “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8). And in that same context, we see Jesus coming to our rescue, looking to Him as our REST: “That the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh” (v. 11). So, there it is dear tired and worn-out believer. Now, here’s the question for us all: “Is it time to yoke up with Him?” Here’s the Psalmist directive dear tired soul: “Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee” (Psalm 116:7).