Today’s Devotional – In Step With the Lord
Drawn from my archives
Turning to Matthew chapter 11, I read, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:30, KJV).
With those words, I’m reminded of the early years when Dad taught me how to dance. Reaching down, he held my little hands, and with my toes on top of his, we kept in step. I couldn’t have been any older than 2 or 3 at the time, and yet I somehow I remember the wonderful and easy feeling of following his lead.
Just like that, Jesus is asking us to walk in step with Him. He uses the analogy of a yoke–a piece of wood fastened to the neck of a pair of oxen. When one turns, the other one turns. When one stops, the other stops too.
If we’re walking with God and we’re immersed in His Word, we can be certain the Spirit will lead. Teaching and reminding us of God’s will, revealing scripture in ways that only He can, convicting us of our sin, and empowering us to boldly proclaim the good news.
As we trust in our partner and follow His lead, we watch, and we listen, and learn.
But, dear friends, we also, by experience, prove Christ’s yoke to be easy, and his burden to be light, because of the motive that leads us to bear them. What is the motive that leads a Christian to bear Christ’s yoke and burden? Why, the master-motive is love; and what will we not do for love? Things which no money could induce us to do are freely done out of love. – Charles Spurgeon
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Tilling the Soil
I encourage you to learn from Christ Himself this week. If you haven’t done so in a while, read one of the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John) to reacquaint yourself with the life of Christ. Mark has only 16 chapters which means you could easily read that one in a day.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:30, KJV).
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DARLENE SCHACHT is an award-winning and NYT best-selling author. She is the founder of Time-Warp Wife Ministries, an online publication that encourages women to live Christ-centered lives.
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