A cardinal mistake is to believe that everything is up to us. Maybe one of the reasons why humans get so tired and burnt out is that we’re putting too much on our plate. Jesus knew, that’s why He addressed us. “Come to me” – He said, followed by another invitation (Matthew 11:29-30):
“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.”
A yoke is a wooden beam normally used between a pair of oxen or other animals to enable them to pull together on a load when working in pairs, as oxen usually do; Working in pair is the key ingredient here that Jesus was getting at. Paired up with the Almighty, any heavy burden becomes easier to carry.
I believe that’s wonderful news. Jesus is not the type of boss who orders us around. He rolls up His sleeves and gets down to the nitty gritty. He teams up with us. Can you believe it? Pulling on a load as a loner was never meant to be. We are meant to work as a team. Jesus wants to be with us every step of the way.
Working together is not a new concept. God’s operating as Trinity suggests He invented team work in the first place, and we are blessed to follow His example because:
- We’ll be inspired by God who works with us
- We’ll be inspired by the people we are teaming up with
Working with God, we welcome His input. And welcoming Him is basically humility in a nutshell. Humility makes a tremendous difference in this world. It takes the pressure off of us, because we know that we’re not the ones running the show, God is. And when the time comes for us to step aside, we can do so with confidence – knowing that life will go on without us. While everyone is irreplaceable, the person picking up where we left off will bring a new perspective. Again – that’s the beauty of teamwork! Trusting in the Lord, we already know that our life on Earth is not in vain. We leave indelible footprints.