For My Yoke is Easy and My Burden is Light.

28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”( Matthew 11, 28-30)

Yes, in the above verses, Lord Jesus is inviting all who are weary and burdened to come to Him, so that, He could give them rest. The above words of Lord Jesus sound very simple but they have a very profound application in this modern, technology driven world, where, for every problem we have an APP. (I am not joking – it is true!)  

In fact, the above invitation of Lord Jesus is more relevant in the present age than any other time in the history of mankind. Because, in this age, man is more burdened, restless and worn out than ever before. Though we have all modern amenities in life, we still have no way to get rest for our souls. The money and technology that we trust in or rely on; do not have the ability to bring rest for our souls.

As I said earlier, at present, we are more burdened, stressed and worried than ever before. Despite living in a fully-connected world, we are far more disconnected from our family and friends and feel lonelier than ever before. Besides, the demands of the modern lifestyle have made us like machines that work 24×7 in an automobile Assembly line.

Each time when we invented a new technology, we thought, it will make our lives easier and comfortable; it will give us more time for leisure and fun. But just the opposite happened. Technology, instead of making us free, has made us slaves to a lifestyle that is completely mechanical and detached from God and our fellow human beings.  

We are seeking to find rest, pleasure and joy through money and technology but the inner thirst is still unquenched.In spite of all the great wealth and technology that surrounds man; the inner spirit in us is still unhappy, 

As you know, man is a spiritual being having a physical experience on earth and this spiritual being in us is always longing to get connected with his creator and rest in HIM. Actually, Lord Jesus is fully aware of this inner longing in us and that is why He is inviting us with His comforting words.

28“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”( Matthew 11, 28-30)

Saints, this invitation is not just for unbelievers, it is also for believers in Christ. because, in the present world, they are also burdened like the unbelievers.

Though they claim to be the disciples of Christ, majority of them still walk like the world and talk like the world. They are still enticed by the pleasures of this world and take up on themselves heavy burdens that they cannot carry.

The Prince of this World continue to blind them with sweet promises of wealth, power and honour and they have ended up leading a toxic lifestyle that is wearing them out physically, mentally and spiritually.

But is this the life that Christ wants you to live? The answer is – NO.

Then, why you are living this lifestyle? It is because, you, in your heart, still follow that old task master who kept you in bondage and made you commit things that brought destruction in your body, soul and spirit. You still follow that old task master called Mammon; the prince of this world whose Yoke is hard and burden is heavy; whose commands, when followed, brought more pain and misery into your life.

But the Good Shepherded who brought you out into the Kingdom of Light is gentle and humble. He does not demand you to sell your soul for money, power or honour. He does not ask you to work 24×7 for the bread that perishes, instead He commands us to work for the food that endures to eternal life.

27Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For on him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.” (John 6, 27).

Saints, as your Master, the demands of Lord Jesus is very easy to meet, He is not demanding anything unreasonable from you. That is why He says:

 “My Yoke is Easy and my Burden is Light.”

What He demands from you is – Unconditional Obedience to His Commandments; nothing else. When He says: First You seek God’s Kingdom and His Righteousness – this is what He means.

Remember, all your thirst and hunger for money, power and pleasures will come to an end when you decide to obey Christ unconditionally. Obedience to His commandments will not add any further pain in your life but rather it will bring more and more blessings into your life. The more you obey, the more peace and joy you will find. You won’t have to worry about what you will eat, drink or wear – Your Heavenly Father will make sure that – you have everything you need. See the verses below.

31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6, 31-33).

When you really start trusting the above words of Lord Jesus; you will definitely stop worrying and when you stop worrying:

you will stop chasing, you will stop competing, you will stop envying and you will not feel jealousy of others and you will gladly share with others what you have and finally you will find more peace in your inner heart.

Saints; Lord Jesus did not say anything that He really did not mean. So, if we put into practise what He has commanded us; definitely, we will reap the blessings attached to those commands. Remember: His Yoke is Easy and His Burden is Light.

Stay Blessed

 

 

 

 

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