Monday, September 30, 2013

"The Easy Yoke, the Light Burden"

Part 1

     A great wave of relief graces our hearts when we discover ourselves to be servants rather than masters, and stewards rather than owners.  An even greater peace blesses us as we realize the character and nature of our rightful Lord.

    "Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me.  For I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light" (Matthew 11:28-30).

    Our hearts were never made to view themselves as the primary responsible agent of our existence.  Our responsibility rather lies in devotion and submission unto the One wise enough, worthy enough, and wealthy enough to properly function as our master and owner.  The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ possesses perfect knowledge - "His understanding is infinite" - and He is "the LORD, the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth" (Psalm 147:5; Genesis 14:22).  Moreover, He is a benevolent Sovereign, as opposed to all others who seek to govern us, including ourselves.  Only the Lord Jesus calls us to absolute servanthood and stewardship with the promise also of an easy yoke and a light burden.  All others, again, including and especially ourselves, engender cruel, crushing, and harsh bondage as they burden the soul with weight too heavy to bear because we were never meant to bear it. 

    Let us relinquish the notion that we actually own anything in our possession - and then breathe the sweet sigh of peace as finally the things we've thought ourselves to possess no longer possess us.  Yes, we are stewards rather than owners.  Let us also enjoy the rest of heart, soul, and mind that graces all who recognize the blessedness of being servant sons and daughters of God rather than masters of our own destiny.  Wondrous tranquility descends upon us as "Not my will, but Thine be done" becomes the governing sensibility of our existence (Luke 22:42).  In this moment, our "meek and lowly" Master and Owner calls us to the easy yoke and the light burden of His governance and possession.  There is no greater peace than kneeling before Him in grateful acknowledgement of His rightful place upon the throne of our hearts.  Indeed, there is no other peace.

"He is thy God."
(Deuteronomy 10:21)
"He is thy Lord."
(Psalm 45:11)

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