Matthew 11:29-30 – “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
My son plays soccer. I love to watch him play. I especially love to watch him when he has a teammate that he really clicks with – they appear unstoppable. I remember when he was younger, there was a little boy that he played with that he and my son were quite the pair. It was like they knew what the other one was thinking. They were able to anticipate moves and passes like crazy. He no longer plays with this little boy but he is becoming more familiar with a young man on his team now. I can see that the longer they practice together, the more they are able to determine the other person’s anticipated movement.
Jesus doesn’t talk about soccer in the Bible, but He does talk about being yoked together. A yoke is a large piece of farm equipment that you put on two cattle, probably oxen. It helps the two animals to work together to get a job done. They follow the same path, have the same goals in mind and help one another to stay focused. At first, one leads another until the newer animal learns the ropes, so to speak.
Jesus invites us to become His yokefellow. He wants us to pair up with Him and follow His path. He wants us to learn and seek after His goals. He wants us to look to Him for help. He wants us to let Him guide us and show us the ropes. He wants to work with us to get His job done.
Now, what does this have to do with soccer, you might ask. When we are yoked up with Jesus, when we are really following after Him and seeking His will in our life, we begin to see His moving in our life more clearly. I don’t think we could ever get to the point where we anticipate His movement – He is God after all. But we can get to the point where we work together in sweet harmony. When the moves that we make in our life line up with His will, they truly are beautiful and amazing. We ARE unstoppable when He is guiding us.
But just like in soccer, this all takes hard work and dedication. It takes a commitment to something greater than yourself. It takes sacrifice and focus. You can’t just casually walk up to Jesus and say, “Ok, let’s do this.” No, this is a lifelong commitment that is no easy journey.
But take heart, He reminds us in the later part of these verses – “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Jesus does all the work. He is the One driving the boat. He is the One carrying the burden. He is the One making it all happen. Today is going to be one where you are going to need His yoke. Truly, every day is that day. But today, try to be especially aware of Him in your life. He is ready to make amazing things happen. Are you?