Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Yoke of Jesus

If we accept Jesus Christ
as our Lord and Master, then He accepts us as children and He treats
us as children. We have to submit ourselves to Him, commit ourselves
to Him, because Jesus is committed to us. He said:"I will never
leave you and I will never forsake you." It is not his will that
we fail in our walk with Him but that we endure with Him and follow
him until the very end and find the entry into the kingdom of heaven.
Not many people will keep
on following Jesus until the end. Jesus is committed to help us to
enter His kingdom, to finally get into heaven, but we have to take
His yoke upon us. We have to obey His words. His commandments and
follow Him until the very end. We have to learn from Him. Jesus said,
and I read from Matthew 11: 29 "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." It
is not easy to follow Jesus. It is not easy to live according to His
words, His commandments, the words that He spoke as also recorded in
the Gospels; but we have to walk in His ways and endure with Him
until the end to have eternal life. We have to repent of all sin and
be baptized in water, we have to go after Him with all our power,
commit our lives to Him and be led by the Holy Spirit, to be able
to be pleasing to Him, to
bear fruit, and enter His kingdom.
If we stray or go wrong or
if we do not understand what He is teaching us, then He will
discipline us, because he needs to purify us so that we can share in
His holiness. Without holiness no man shall see God. Many believers
find themselves in a difficulty, in sickness and in pain, after
committing to following Jesus Christ. They might be taking medication
and that medication does not help for the pain. It is because Jesus
is speaking to them through their sickness, through that pain. He is
teaching them obedience. He is trying to get their attention to make
them understand that they need to now submit to Him. They belong to
Him. They have committed to Him. They cannot live their lives to
please themselves anymore. They cannot live like the world anymore.
They have to live like children of God. The discipline of Jesus can
be very severe because it is not His will that we perish.
If we read in the Old
Testament how the children of Israel that were delivered from
oppression in Egypt, how they were led out into the wilderness and
how they never got to know the ways of the Lord. They never learned
His ways. Those who followed Moses through the Red Sea and into the
wilderness did not enter into the Promised Land because our they
never got to know the ways of the Lord, they never learned his ways.
They all perished, they were struck down in the wilderness because
they did not get to know His ways. Only their children went into the
promised land, and they went under the leadership of Joshua because
not even Moses was fit to lead them into the Promised Land. We need
to submit ourselves to Jesus and understand that it is His will that
we learn His ways. If we do not learn His ways and if we do not
change and become like Him, we will not enter His kingdom.
If you are going through
difficulty, through pain and suffering, after you have accepted Jesus
Christ, examine yourself. Examine your life. Are you following Jesus?
Are you living according to His words? Are you pleasing to Him? Are
you serious about following Him, because He is serious about leading
you into His kingdom, but if you do not respond, if you do not learn
from Him, you will not enter His kingdom. We need to take the yoke of
Jesus upon us, obey Him, listen to Him, follow Him, learn from Him to
be able to enter His kingdom.
It is the love of God, His
mercy and grace, that is leading us to repentance, and to obedience,
to knowledge of Jesus Christ. He is leading us to understanding of
what it means to be a child of God. If we do not learn and gain
understanding we are not fit for the kingdom of heaven. We have to
take His yoke upon us and learn from Him, follow and obey Him until
the very end, because strait is the gate, narrow is the door, and few
there be that find it.
Submit to Jesus, yield to
His discipline and direction, learn from Him, and He will guide you
into His kingdom.
May Jesus bless you.

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