“Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
– Matthew 11:29-30 (The Message)
When it comes to “taking his yoke upon you,” really what Jesus is saying is, “watch how I do it.” We have the great opportunity of being able to learn from the MASTER.
In essence Jesus says, “I know what it’s like to deal with pressure-packed people and situations in life. I’ve had more than my fair share of run ins with annoying, dysfunctional, selfish, mean and broken people. I know what it’s like to have enormous demands (salvation of the world anyone?!) and pressure closing in on all sides.”
“So here’s my next invitation to help you find the release from your pressure: Watch how I do it. Watch how I handle that PRESSURE you’re feeling with your kids when they disobey. Watch how I handle the pressure of those trying to control me. Watch how I handle relational conflict.”
There’s no promise from Jesus that you pressures won’t come, but rather, WHEN things get pressure-packed, you’ll have the perfect teacher to walk you through it. You’ll have the perfect “yoke-mate”.
Do you see the GENUIS of Jesus here? Rather than just taking away THIS single, current pressure which will eventually be replaced by ANOTHER pressure. He does something even greater and LONGER LASTING.
Since He knows more pressure will INEVITABLY come in some other shape or form (because it is the nature of the world we live in to produce pressure), He shows us, by His example, how to discover the “rest”/release you need in the MIDST of the pressure.
So why don’t you spend some time learning from Jesus specifically in the areas where you are feeling so PRESSURED today and in the days to come?
Watch how He does it, how He handles annoying people, dysfunctional people, selfish people, mean people and broken people. And then, follow His lead.
Close your time in prayer.