Matthew 11:28-29—“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” There is something I can learn from Jesus that will give my soul rest. Weariness can seem to be a physical thing and sometimes it is. But the weariness and the burdens in our lives are magnified by the state of our emotions. To prove this you have only to watch a child’s response to “work” in contrast to “play” in two different activities that take the same amount of physical effort. A little reflection convinces me it is true in my own life, though the contrast may be simply between two different work activities. “Take my yoke upon you ….” Take my side of the yoke with Jesus on the other side. What could be a better picture of living with Jesus from Monday till Sunday? If I am “yoked” with him, I am certainly in his presence. “…and learn of me.” There must be something I can learn from Jesus by walking in yoke with him. He says “learn of me for I am gentle and humble in heart.” Gentle and humble. Especially humble. I wonder if it is not human pride that triggers the emotions that make me weary and give me unbearable burdens. The emotions that make me tired are anger, agitation, fear, self-pity…. Some emotional words that calm me by their very sound are love, joy, peace and gentleness. Emotions mot-ivate.
Connecting... What about pride? Some people rebel against the word “humility,” because they fear that it goes against the feeling of satisfaction for a job well done. There is false humility and there is false pride. The pride that makes me tired is the pride that makes me want to be better than the other guy. Or at least just as good. When I stop worrying about who gets the credit and whether my clothes are the latest style or whether or not I am “understood” it takes a big load off my mind. It is a comfort to be yoked with Jesus and to know that he understands. Everything I do because I am confident of being with Jesus gives rest to my soul.