I’ve been thrilled to hear so many positive things that are coming from our Small things BIG Difference series. This week, one response, in particular, stunned me in its honesty, vulnerability and depth. Life Groups this week were asked to triangulate the words of Jesus found in Matthew 11:28-30:
“Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Once again Life Group members were asked to note the things that are true about God, the things that are true about ourselves and then list the correct faith response.
One Life Group member took this further and decided to paraphrase the text and this I found so wonderful that I asked his permission to share it. he agreed (thanks Bill!) and so please, read this slowly … it’s kinda awesome!
Come to me, I am approachable, even though I am the Son of God, come now with enthusiasm and joy because I have come to seek you out, come to seek my rebellious subjects with no word of condemnation on my lips, but an invitation.
You see, I see the weariness and frustration that each your experience, you Greeks who are exhausted by your search for truth and you Jews whose religion has become a matter of endless regulations and duties
I see that all this creates is a downward spiral of trying hard, failing, trying harder, and failing more. And this leads to guilt from past failure, fear of future failure, and pride from any perceived measure of success.
But I alone, have come to you, to provide an exit from this life-sapping cycle that isn’t found in obeying more rules or different rules, but in working in partnership with me, as I give the power to be and do what I require
My yoke is easy, I am not offering you a lawn chair and soda, the yoke is still an oxen’s tool for working hard.
But it’s a special kind of yoke, with the weight falling on bigger shoulders than yours.
I have all the pulling power you need and I will be up front helping you every step of the way sharing life’s responsibilities you and turning your frown is into a smile and your complaint into a song.