Take Jesus’s Yoke
September 10, 2022 – Ron Green
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Philippians 2:5
How do you understand this verse? As for me, I understand it as: if I’m to be like Jesus, I must surrender self and become a disciple of Jesus. But what dose it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?
The Greek term for “disciple” in the New Testament is “mathetes,” which means “student” or “learner”. But a disciple is also a “follower,” someone who adheres completely to the teachings of another, making them his rule of life and conduct.
I understand discipleship as: is one who has been baptized and is willing to take upon him or her the name of the Savior and follow Him. One that strives to become like the master is a disciple.
Jesus’s followers were called disciples before they were called Christians.
As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him. Matthew 9:9
Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.” Matthew 16:24
So you cannot become my disciple without giving up everything you own.
Anyone who wants to serve me must follow me, because my servants must be where I am. And the Father will honor anyone who serves me. John 12:26
“Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Ellen White writes in the book of Desire of Ages
Chapter 34 “The Invitation”
This chapter is based on Matthew 11:28-30.
“Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.”
These words of comfort were spoken to the multitude that followed Jesus. The Saviour had said that only through Himself could men receive a knowledge of God. He had spoken of His disciples as the ones to whom a knowledge of heavenly things had been given. But He left none to feel themselves shut out from His care and love. All who labor and are heavy-laden may come unto Him. DA 328-DA 328.2
If you read further down, we find where Jesus is inviting us to join Him in service.
“Take My yoke upon you,” Jesus says. The yoke is an instrument of service. Cattle are yoked for labor, and the yoke is essential that they may labor effectually. By this illustration Christ teaches us that we are called to service as long as life shall last. We are to take upon us His yoke, that we may be co-workers with Him. . DA 329.2
So, now I have to ask you this question: are you a disciple of Christ Jesus. Have you put into action the teachings of Jesus. Just because you got baptized and now that you’re saved by Christ, are you a true follower of Christ Jesus. Just stop and think for a minute. What would this world look like if we all took up our “Cross” and followed Jesus, choosing to be His disciple. I don’t know this, but wouldn’t it be like Heaven. There would be no hate, but only love for one another. Just as Jesus commanded from us, love one another as yourself.
I pray that we all take the invitation from Jesus, take His “Yoke” and learn to be like Jesus. If you haven’t done this, go to Jesus in prayer and ask for His invitation. I pray this in Jesus name, Amen.