28-30″Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  (Matthew 11:29, The Message)
Jesus invited people to take on His yoke and learn from Him.  His “yoke” referred to the process of training a young bullock to plow.  To train a bullock, farmers harnessed it to the same yoke as a mature ox.  The young bullock, which was dwarfed in size by the large animal, did not pull any of the weight.  It merely learned to walk in a field under control, harnessed to a partner.  The ox pulled all the weight and set the direction for the youngster, whose only responsibility was to walk alongside.Jesus invited people to enter into a learning relationship with Him.  He, the teacher, was the ox and His students the young bullocks.  He promised that those who bound themselves to Him in this apprenticeship would not bear a heavy load.  He would bear the load and set direction for them.  They would merely need to walk alongside.

Conversation Peace  The Power of Transformed Speech      by Mary A. Kassian

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