“The yoke of this world is an unrelenting task master, but the yoke of Christ is different.”

Jesus explicitly calls his followers to take up their cross and follow him. But just one chapter later, in Matthew’s recording of the events, he tells his disciples that his yoke is easy and his burden is light. How can these both be true? How can the radical call of Christ be an easy joy? It’s only when we have ordered our loves the way God designed them to be ordered that these two disparate statements can begin to make any sense.

Application Questions

1. In what ways are your loves disordered? What do you tend to cherish more than Christ?

2. In what ways do you find the radical call to follow Christ a heavy burden? What loves make that burden heavy?

3. What’s one time in your life when you found the yoke of Christ light and easy?

4. How can you practically rest in Christ this week in a way that will lighten your burden?

Scott Mehl

Scott serves the church by overseeing leadership, development, global ministries, and counseling/discipleship.

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