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.Matthew 11:29(KJV)
These beautiful words follow Christ's severe denunciation of certain cities in Israel who had collectively rejected their Messiah. But we who have believed on His Word and have become God's children by grace through faith, have received eternal truths that are hidden from those that are wise in their own conceit, but revealed to us who trust Christ.
Jesus lived as a man in the way that God desires all His children to live - in lowliness of spirit and in complete dependence upon the Father. He lived as man is called to live, in order to demonstrate to us how we should live in utter dependence upon the Son so that we might know God intimately, and Jesus Christ Whom He has sent.
The only way to live the Christian life is in total reliance upon the Lord, clinging to Him by faith, admitting our helplessness, and trusting on His sufficient strength. And so He calls us to: "Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me."
The Lord Jesus was meek and lowly in heart and we are to learn of Him. His entire life was spent living the life of a man that trusted entirely on God, and He did only those things that He heard from the Father. In like manner, when we take His yoke upon us and learn to live in continuous dependence upon Him, we too shall find rest for our souls, for His yoke is easy and His burden is light.
Heavenly Father, thank You for the example of humility and grace that the Lord Jesus set throughout His life, as He lived in utter dependence upon You. May I learn from Him so that in humility of heart and gentleness of spirit, I may learn to live in complete dependence upon Him, Whom to know is life eternal. AMEN.