The Yoke of Christ

THE YOKE

1. We tend to think of the yoke as for two.

tend to think of yoke as for two
2. The Yoke of Christ is an offer for one, an offer to be a laborer for Christ apart from the wise and prudent children of the world that are playing and trifling with life.

yoke offer of one

3. Or if we must visualize it for two, then it is Christ in the Yoke with us; and that is the main reason that it is light and easy.

if two a must Christ in it with us

4. The yoke of Christ provides a load but it is a balanced load.

yoke of Christ balanced load

5. The yoke of Christ that God the Father placed on Him was the Cross.

yoke on Christ a cross

6. And so to for the Christian the yoke of discipleship entails a cross.

“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26)

yoke entails a cross

7. Take up your cross and continue to take up your cross daily.

take up cross
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:23-26)
8. Exactly how does one worker take up his cross daily? Just like the yoke or discipline of any job, just do the work of Christ.

“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Mark 8:34-35

take up cross daily
This may be the most important description of what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the entire gospel, yet most of us have no idea what it means. We understand the imagery, but we don’t know how to live it out. What exactly does it mean to take up your cross?

First, it means self-denial. I’ve never met anyone who doesn’t want to experience self-fulfillment, but the only path to self-fulfillment is self-denial. There is no other way. While self-denial may sound miserable, it’s actually wonderful. We simply deny ourselves those things that are temporarily pleasurable but eternally painful. We deny the desires of our flesh. We deny the temptation of sin. We refuse to settle for anything less than the best which is God’s good, pleasing, and perfect will.

Second, taking up your cross means torture. And we wince at the thought, but stop and think about it. Any great achievement requires torture. Athletes torture their bodies. Thinkers torture their minds. And we get that on the physical and intellectual plane, but wish there was another way on the spiritual plane. There isn’t. Just like the physical realm: no pain, no gain. Are you willing to suffer temporal pain for eternal gain? That’s what it comes down to.
Finally, it means death. You have to die to self everyday. How? By allowing your circumstances to help you become more like Christ–especially the circumstances you don’t like. Anytime you feel the pain of an insult, disappointment, suffering, physical challenge, failure, injustice, or trial–it’s an opportunity to die to pride, die to ego, die to sin, die to self. And if you keep dying to self, you’ll come alive in ways you never imagined. In fact, you’ll live forever.

We worry about all the wrong things! You only have one job and it’s this: take up your cross. That is your portfolio as a Christ follower. You simply need to deny yourself, endure torture, and die to self. If you do that, God will do the rest. If you do it everyday, you have all of eternity to look forward to.”

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9. Live life and job so as to make it evident that you are not ashamed of Christ or of the teachings of Christ.

For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:23-26)

10. Don’t have time for both jobs?

For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?

Weigh the cost!

lose the soul

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