“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light….” Matt. 11:30
As I pondered this scripture and really meditated on what it was saying, I began to pray and thanksgiving to God for an understanding and different viewpoint of what this scripture means. I’m reading a book called “the creative life” by Eric Butterworth and in it he refers to the bible, not from a theological perspective, but from a spiritual one and using the bible to understand the self better.
Since we are all created in the image of God, the master Creator, we too, his creativity within us. The author offered that when God said, “let there be light…”as He began to Create the worlds, He was actually just manifesting himself because He is light. Interesting. The author also uses Matt. 11:30 and explains that “yoke” means union or oneness…..
As I considered what I had read and what I have learned in the scriptures, it came to me what the awesomeness of the meaning of Matt. 11:30 is. I once heard a preacher describe what it means to be yoked to something, as in a yoke of oxen working together. If you have a pair of oxen yoked together, a younger ox is placed in the yoke with an older and more experienced ox so that it can learn how to do the job correctly. The younger ox walks right next to the older one and learns all that is required of it.
Christ has invited us to be yoked with him and to learn of his ways so that we can please the Father. Christ then tells us that his burden is light. When we hear the word light we may think of something being of little weight or not heavy, as the dictionary puts it. But I offer the other use of light as we may typically think of light. We are to walk in the light, to be children of the light and a city on a hill. If we apply this definition to this scripture, Christ said that his burden is light, meaning that he is also inviting us to dispel the darkness, to be illuminating agents, to be the spark or flame against darkness, and be the lights of the world.
If we are walking with Christ and learning of his ways, which the father instructed him to live and if we are being obedient, we, too will be helping to do our part to bear this burden of being light in the world. If we are truly learning the ways of Christ, this will be an easy yoke to bear because Christ will be showing us and has shown us how to be light and to overcome the darkness in the world. If you already have an example and a template of how to carry out a task, of course your work will be much easier and lighter in the sense that it won’t weigh you down.
To those who may be heavy with burdens and sighed down, remember that you, too have been invited into a relationship with the one who can and will lighten your load and with whom you can walk alongside of! Choose him today and watch how your life changes.
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