Yoked to Jesus

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, 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 light.” †  Mathew 11: 28-30  What is the labour and burden that Jesus is asking me to deal with? Perhaps I have to let go of the compulsive burden (or is it a sort of entitlement?) that my spouse and children should choose a spiritual path that I know to be right. Jesus accompanied Judas Iscariot to the very end but never deprived him of his freedom to choose his own destiny. Jesus on the other hand, uninterrupted by Judas's choice to reject him, continues to accomplish his mission. He does become a victim of Judas's betrayal but he seldom takes on the victim's identity. In divine wisdom, Jesus chooses to die in our place (and that of Judas) in a redeeming act of love. Rather than being compelled to fix those whom God has entrusted to my headship by m

The hinge

An IM profile displayed a message "Do not expect me to win, but I will never surrender!".

The profile owner wants to say that he is not a quitter. He wants to instill confidence in his employers stating that he will give his best to the cause and never give up - even though win is not certain. A very honest and genuine statement displaying his readiness to work hard yet indirectly accepting the that fact that success does not come from human efforts but from a source that is beyond him.

The above message point to his core strength, hinging it on an anchor point. The anchor point here is his own capacity to do things and is thus confined to his own human limitations. Sadly the victory is not certain. And since he refuses to surrender, he will soon exhaust his resources and may remain unfulfilled and ineffective.

If I were to write a sentence on my profile I would write, "Because I surrender, the win is certain".

When I hinge my anchor on 'God's capacity' and not mine, surrendering my plans, talents, knowledge, experience, everything to God the supreme enabler and the 'all knowing',  I allow God to use my little and build upon it by means of His grace. He ennobles my endowments, makes them His own and assigns it effectively to solve the problems of people. This way we don't leave any solution to chances. With patience and perseverance, we learn to focus little by little on the true purpose of our lives until God can take over our professions.

Four things happen as a result:

  1. God our Creator is glorified,
  2. The problems of the people are solved most uniquely
  3. Children of God are drawn back trust in Him - our Father and Creator
  4. Our livelihood is taken care ( worry free life)

The word of God says " I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" [Phil 4:13].

In the gospel of Mathew, Jesus says addressing the issue worry and of daily bread "Set your hearts on his kingdom first, and God's saving justice and all these things will be given to you as well".


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