“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” — Matthew 11:28-30 esv
Wednesday nights at CPCC we’re looking at “famous verses of the Bible” and this verse from Matthew is certainly one. We had a fantastic discussion of it, and i encourage you to meditate upon it. For instance, notice that Jesus speaks of “HIS yoke” when He gives out this invitation. Everyone is harnessed to some master; everyone serves someone or some thing. And some “masters” are harder than others. Men are born enslaved to sin (Romans 6:6). When men are born again, they are set free from sin’s mastery, to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, as “slaves of God” (Rom. 6:22).
Did you ever hear these Bob Dylan lyrics (c. 1979)?
You may be an ambassador to England or France,
You may like to gamble, you might like to dance,
You may be the heavyweight champion of the world,
You may be a socialite with a long string of pearls
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody, yes indeed
You’re gonna have to serve somebody,
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you’re gonna have to serve somebody….
Consider who you serve. Is it Jesus Christ as your Lord?