His Love Makes Our Burdens Light

Matthew 11:28-30
Isaiah 26:7-9,12,16-19 / Ps 102

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart; and you will find rest. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
(Matthew 11:29-30)

No burden is too heavy,
In the service of Christ, our Lord.
God makes the job seem easy
With His Kingdom as its reward.

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

Reflection

When we joined our BCBP community, we were asked to sign a pledge card on Commitment Day, the final day of our initiation to a life of deeper spirituality in the Lord. We were a little apprehensive at first, afraid that the promises we pledged to keep would be restrictions on our free-spirited way of life. Fifteen minutes of daily prayer, fifteen minutes of Scripture reading, Saturday breakfast fellowships, twice monthly group prayer meetings, assemblies and teaching nights seemed too heavy a commitment to make to maintain regular membership. But after a few years in the brotherhood, we never regretted having said yes to the Lord, and have even added more “loads” to our pledge card. Fifteen minutes a day seems too short a time to give to the Maker of time; and reading His Word meditatively and meaningfully easily go beyond 30 minutes on days when the workload is light. The brotherhood showed us that prayer and scripture reading can open up for us the gifts of the Holy Spirit, like wisdom and discernment. We now look forward to our weekly breakfast fellowships and group prayer meetings as well as the teaching nights and prayer assemblies. We even do outreach work. And yes, we’re still composing and sending out reflections on God’s Word daily (except Sundays) by SMS and email too. These activities have not been restrictions on our freedom nor heavy burdens on our schedules at all! In the service of His Word, His yoke is easy, and the work is light. Our Lord said in John, 8:32: “ If you make My Word your home, you will indeed be My disciples; you will learn the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

In the First Book of Kings (19:19-21), we read about Elisha abandoning his temporal responsibility to follow Elijah, the prophet. He used the yoke and plowing equipment to cook his oxen, and gave it as food to his people, then followed Elijah. To the unwise it was foolish that Elisha butchered his oxen and abandoned his field; but to the discerning, Elisha gave a feast to his neighbors because he was chosen for a higher calling. May we also be as bold as Elisha in giving up our yoke of temporal concerns, and taking up the yoke of Christ in proclaiming His Good News to others.

Thank You, Father, for making us see how unimportant our earthly pursuits are, compared to our ministering for Your Word. Increase our faith, Lord, that like Your prophets, we may always be faithful to our commitment of serving You. Amen.

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