pull, don’t push

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke220px-Bullock_yokes 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.” Matthew 11:28-30

 Kingdom work is supposed to be easy, joyful and restful.  We are supposed to find deep contentment in working with Jesus.  When Jesus tells people to come with him, that His yoke is easy and his burden is light, how many of us have said, “yeah right Jesus…you should try being a pasto, teacher, mom, lawyer…!”  Being a pastor for over 10 years I can tell you that there have been times of extreme burden and pain.  But I have come to realize that those are the times in which I try to pull the load alone.  The burden that Jesus was easing was keeping the religious commands of the scribes and Pharisees.  If the Pharisees and Scribes were around today, they would base their religious success off of Sunday morning attendance, sermon response and church growth.  How did Jesus measure success?  Probably more in the the renovation of the heart in individuals than in the amount of people who show up in a building a certain day of the week.

Making disciples is always a work of pulling, and if it is tough, there is a good chance that you are not doing it in fellowship with Jesus.  The entire idea of a yoke is two people sharing one burden.  Sometimes the work is tough because we are trying to force our will forward.  We end up pushing other people into things they are not ready for.  This is tough, forceful and ultimately damaging.  When we lead from a posture of pulling, we tend to exemplify the very thing we lead people into.

What is the burden that we are pulling?  It is our task to introduce people into a new reality of the Kingdom of God.  When we pull people into God’s Kingdom then the work will seem joyful, you will find contentment and you will ultimately say, “That was easy.”

May your work be joyful today…

May you pull instead of push today…

May you realize that you share the yoke with the king of the kingdom…

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