God’s Yoke or the World’s Yoke?

Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”


Would you rather have God’s Yoke or the Worlds’ Yoke?  I know my answer, but let’s make sure you understand what each consists of before you decide.

A yoke is used to fit over an ox or oxen shoulder.  It is a huge heavy wooden harness.  The oxen is drove by a farmer to carry the huge heavy wooden harness and work the land.

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In today’s fast-paced world, it’s all about what I can do, what I can receive and what I can have?  Today’s wooden harness is ever so big and heavy.  When we try to carry the world’s yoke, we are by our self pulling  on all the world’s demands.  Our job, our family, our home, our whatever.  We have no help.  We just keep trying and we get no where.  The burden is too heavy to carry alone.  

We think more money, more prestige, bigger house, more, more is better.  But I’m not so sure more is better in this world.  We think getting up the ladder no matter who I hurt is better.   At the end of our life, I’ve never known anyone to take the job, home, possessions with them.  Yes, some people may put things in the casket, but in years to come if you open the casket the things are still there.  

I’m not so sure I like the world’s yoke.  It may sound nice with all the more during my life, but what about at the end.

When we carry God’s yoke, it is a little different, no it’s a lot different.  A yoke is still a heavy wood harness.  A yoke is a yoke.

But when we have God helping us pull, it is so much easier.  Having helping carrying something is and will always be easier than carrying it alone.  We still have to carry our weight but with help the weight isn’t as much.  Now, God never said we would have it easy.  Anyone who thinks carrying a yoke is easy, needs to go try it.  Even when oxen carry a yoke, when there are two of them it is easier for both of them.

But many times in God’s Word, He mentions He is with us.  He loves us.  He will never leave you.

God still wants us to work hard.  But He is there to help us.  He is there to lead us.  He is there to love us.  He is there.

Look at a picture of Jesus hanging on a cross or just a cross.  Look at the similarities of Jesus hanging on a cross and someone carrying a yoke.  In both, the arms are outstretched.  IN both cross with clouds in backgroundthere was a heavy burden and pain.

The difference is Jesus’s yoke on the cross provided believers with an eternal life.  Jesus carried the hardest and most painful yoke ever but with His yoke we are given so much more.

Jesus’s yoke gave us a chance to have our sins forgiven.  Jesus died and suffered so we would not have to.  Jesus’s yoke is worth so much more than the world’s yoke.  His yoke is worth more than money, possessions, titles, anything.

So would you rather have the World’s Yoke by yourself or have God’s Yoke?  Neither is easy, but God’s Yoke has so much more to offer.

We have an eternal life with Him.

He will provide everything we need – not want.

He will always love us no matter what.

He will always be helping us.

God’s Yoke is easy because He is with you and because Jesus took the weight of the yoke on the cross at Calvary.  

Matthew 11.28 30 niv

2 Comments

  1. Michele

    This has been a heavy week and I am grateful to keep seeing this verse pop up over and over in the last few days. Its like being hit over the head with a club…. I need the reminder to let Jesus help me. 🙂

  2. Michele

    This has been a heavy week and I am grateful to keep seeing this verse pop up over and over in the last few days. Its like being hit over the head with a club…. I need the reminder to let Jesus help me. 🙂

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