Take My Yoke

There is a yoke which all who wish to be known by the Lord as His disciples must bear. It is the yoke of humility that Christ Himself bore. Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of himself ” ( John 5:19). He laid aside every claim to grandeur and submitted to the Father in all things. He said, “For I am meek and lowly of heart” (Matthew 11:29). For Jesus to act independently of His Father, even if His actions were perfect, would have been less than perfection. He taught as one who had authority because He knew how to submit to the Father in meekness (transferral of rights) and lowliness of heart (humility of esteem).

Christ’s only demand is that we take His yoke upon us. “I am the vine, ye are the branches. He that abideth in me . . . bringeth forth much fruit for without me you can do nothing” ( John 15:5). A voluntary submission of both our capacities and our incapacities is demanded by discipleship. “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). The Lord assured us that He is the author and finisher of our faith and that He will bring to completion the good work which He has begun. Our only responsibility is to be receptive. A true disciple is one who allows Christ to be his total supply, never seeking elsewhere for his provisions. When we submit to Christ, then His faithfulness is the only factor upon which our success depends. We transfer to the Master our right to life and trust that His heart is far greater than our own.

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