Week of September 1 - Day 1

Day 1 Read: Matthew 11:29-30

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” 

Reflect: Why do you think that Jesus wants us to know His yoke is easy and His burden light? What other yoke and burden might we carry?

Consider: A yoke was a wooden frame placed on the backs of oxen to make them pull in tandem. The simple yokes consisted of a bar with two loops either of rope or wood that went around the animals’ necks. More elaborate yokes had shafts connected to the middle with which the animals pulled plows or other implements. Often the burden the ox had to bear was so heavy that it would cause them to stumble and fall under it, but Jesus promised that the burden of His followers would never be that heavy.[1]

Respond: Are there habits or addictions that we need to give up that might be competing for our time in gathering with the church? What are some things we might have to say “no” to in order to say “yes” to church?

[1] James M. Freeman and Harold J. Chadwick, Manners & Customs of the Bible (North Brunswick, NJ: Bridge-Logos Publishers, 1998), 434.