Take My Yoke
Posted by Rod Neufeld on July 19, 2017
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:30 NKJV
It’s funny how you can read a verse a hundred times, even write a sermon on it. Yet you can read it again and find an even deeper context and application.
I work in an industry that can be very stressful. It requires faith, patience and humility. When you work in commission sales it requires you to live on faith. Some months that is all you have. I have always been a person that worries. I hate money but I like to use it. I hate that we need money but am content when I have enough of it.
As a Christian in this industry every day is a battle. It seems I lose more often than win. The flesh is hard to battle when surrounded by a greedy and flesh driven environment. It’s like when Jesus said to Paul, “its hard to kick against the pricks.” (Acts 9:1-9) It is hard to maintain your witness and testimony when it feels like everything and everyone is against you. When your faith represents what most feel is a road block to their success.
The spiritual pressure is tremendous and unrelenting. Unfortunately, so many Christians don’t even recognize that the struggle when is spiritual. We in North America are completely detached from the spiritual component of our faith.
The pressure that leads us to sin, to worry or to be overtaken by anxiety is actually a demonic attack. When we hear this we so often reject it because we have a preconceived notion of what demonic spiritual attacks look like. It also drives us to do what we think is to succeed. Nothing wrong with being successful at what you do. The problem is the heart and where it is in this “success”. If we honour God by doing our jobs well and passionately thereby succeeding, that’s great. If we become successful and powerful to please ourselves and to be seen doing so, that is the problem.
How does this fit into the subject of “light yokes” and not worrying? We often do well in this life because we drive ourselves in some areas and ignore most other things. This creates huge voids in our lives. Divorce among highly successful people is pretty high. Dysfunctional children and families are right up there, too.
I have tried life in high stress environments 2 ways:
1. Press on and focus only on the issues at hand and pretty much ignore everything else. The problem is it destroys relationships and eats you alive.
2. Turn back to the cross, hand your burdens, worries and anxieties over to Christ. Work hard and make time for God and for loved ones (I don’t even use the term family because I have many brothers and sisters that are related to me through the blood of Christ, not of my parents)
Success is tricky because our version of success may not reflect what God sees as success.
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ; Not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart; With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord, whether he be
bond or free. Ephesians 6:5-8 KJV
Some may disagree with this point of view but I see the problems first-hand day in and day out. People who do not know Christ struggle much worse and more often when stress hits. I really struggle when I see friends hurting and worrying because they are having a slow month and bills are due. I am slowly learning in my life that the more I put my faith in Christ, and not in my own abilities, the better I do and the less I stress out.
Hanging out with believers in Jesus helps a great deal as well. We tend to lift each other up, which is amazing.
For those that do not know Christ as Saviour, those who reject Him or are just indifferent I say: flush out what you think you know and try again to come to know Him. It will change your life in ways indescribable by mere words.
God bless and thanks for reading.