May this encourage and challenge us to be more like Jesus.
(George Everard, “The Yoke of Christ!” 1882)
“Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am gentle and humble of heart” Matthew 11:29
“Leaving you an example, that you should follow in His steps.” 1 Peter 2:21
I must not only learn the secrets of divine truth from Christ’s Word–but I must learn the secret of a holy life, by walking as He walked. Among all lessons, none is better than this.
I must copy Christ’s humility.
I must imitate His gentleness, His forbearance, His willingness to stoop even to the cross.
I must cast to the winds all haughtiness and self-conceit–and be content to be nothing, if only He may be glorified.
And where there is true humility, self-sacrifice and loving charity–purity of heart and life will not lag far behind. For Christ Himself dwells with the humble; and where Christ and His Spirit abide, every Christian virtue will spring forth and grow.
Let the Christian ever remember the strong encouragement which the Master gives to all who take His yoke. It is a yoke lined with love. He who lays it on you is no hard man, no cruel tyrant–but the meek and lowly One, the Savior, the Friend, the Brother, the Bridegroom of His redeemed people.
In love, He bids you take His yoke.
In love, He fits it to the neck of each who bears it.
In love, He stands by you and helps you to carry it, and gives daily grace for daily need.
One, who was an utter unbeliever, was asked why he held infidel views. “Through reading Christians instead of reading the Scriptures,” was his reply.
Oh that Christ might be seen in every one who bears His name! Oh that we might all so learn of Him, that the outside world would see the mighty reality of His grace through us!
“Whoever says he abides in Him ought to walk and conduct himself in the same way in which He walked and conducted Himself.” 1 John 2:6
Tom Stearns, WASI Chaplain, 907 715-4001