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“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”  ~Matt 11:29-30

Did you know the image above is a yoke? Jesus frequently used farming/agricultural images throughout his ministry. The reason for this is because he lived in a society in which many of the people would have familiarity with agricultural tools and practices. After all, Nazareth was a rural village. 

Christ lived in an agrarian society and met people where they were so that they might better understand and come to faith. He used what was familiar to them, he worked & lived alongside them, he rejoiced with them and he suffered with them. 

Jesus Christ still meets people where they are so that they might come to faith!

Curtis Martin, the President and CEO of FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, writes in his book Made for More:

“We will never get our lives in order enough to follow Jesus. What we need to do is give our lives to Jesus right where we are, and let him reorder it. Jesus is calling us into relationship, not merely obedience.”

Wow! That hit me like a ton of bricks. I actually had to set the book down and re-read it a couple of times.

Do we believe that? Do we believe that Jesus is there on the other side of the yoke? 

We don’t have to be perfect to start following Christ. “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.” Christ is our teacher. He meets us where we are, and calls us to venture further with him. Are we willing to take up his yoke?

 

-Deacon Josh

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