Yoked to Jesus

Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, 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. - Matthew 11:28-29

Here is a paradox.

If you are weary … I will give you rest … take my yoke.

Doesn’t a yoke mean work?

Isn’t Jesus asking us here to quit our work and help Him with His?

In fact – wouldn’t the yoke be like the international symbol for work at the time.

You would yoke your oxen so they could do the HARD part of the plowing, dragging, pulling.


How do we reconcile rest and doing the works of Christ with Him?

We must understand the labor to which Jesus is calling us.

I can do nothing on My own initiative. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. - John 5:30

Therefore Jesus answered and was saying to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, unless it is something He sees the Father doing; for whatever the Father does, these things the Son also does in like manner." - John 5:19

All that Jesus does is the Father’s work, which the Father initiates, and facilitates.

Jesus responsibility was simply to stay connected to the Father to the extent that He could see and hear.

The Father does all the heavy lifting.

And that is the Father’s plan for us as well.

I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. - John 15:5

Anything we do apart from Jesus = nothing.

Anything we do IN Jesus, the Father is doing the work, so it will not be a matter of effort, it will be a matter of listening and following.

If there is stress about what you are doing, if it is causing turmoil in your life, you need to stop and listen. Let the Father tell you what to do, and let Him deal with the consequences.

Don’t get me wrong, it will not necessarily be pleasant or easy, but if it is not at least marked by peace it is likely not the Fathers will.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. - Colossians 3:15

I know this is a bit of a ramble today, but I think you can understand what I am saying.

Rest in Him and do what He puts before you.

The most important work of your day is to connect with Him.

Stop – Look – Listen

That is the yoke Jesus wants to share with you.

Speak Lord. I am listening.

Ben NelsonSee you again soon.



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4 thoughts on “Yoked to Jesus

  1. I am thinking God is really calling me to reevaluate some of the things I am doing. You are the third blogger today who has been used to call me away from the works I was choosing to do (to please men) and to come to the works God has called me to. It is hard sometimes in ministry to differentiate those two things. It is harder still sometimes in ministry to navigate the tricky waters of men's desires for our ministries.

    1. Oh man - i hear you brother. It is easy to say, but when you have to start saying no to men to say yes to God, well - ouch - that's just not easy. Bless you Pastor J as you listen for His voice!

        1. Amen - Like Wesley said - And can it be that I should gain an interest in the Savior's blood.
          and beyond that - that He should speak to us - so great is our God.


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