Fresh Hope – 3rd October 2018

I recently purchased a pair of shoes on sale. They were basically new, bang on trend, and I loved them. The only problem with them was that they were about a size and a half too small for my feet. I refused to let size hold me back from a bargain and purchased the shoes, convincing myself that I could squeeze myself into the shoes and perhaps eventually stretch them out. I was wrong. It was incredibly painful trying to walk anywhere wearing them! I tried to ignore the pain, but it just wasn’t working. My feet were sore. There is nothing worse than an ill-fitting shoe or piece of clothing.

Some of us walk around wearing ill-fitting items – burdens that don’t fit well on us. We are uncomfortable, sore, weary and tired.

In Matthew 28, Jesus invites us to Him, to find relief from the burdens of the world, He says, ‘My yoke is easy, and My burden is light’.

When training an animal (such as an ox) to plough, ancient farmers often yoked it to an older, stronger, more experienced animal who bore the burden and guided the young animal through the learning process.

The word ‘easy’ is in Greek ‘chrestos’, which can mean ‘well-fitting’. In Palestine ox-yokes were made of wood. The yoke was carefully adjusted, so that it would fit well. The yoke was tailor-made to fit the ox.

Jesus didn’t say there wasn’t work to be done, and a burden to carry, but He did say that it would be light with Him.

If we are feeling heavy, then we are carrying ill-fitting burdens that Jesus should be carrying. It is our relationship with the older, stronger, more experienced person of Jesus that allows us to work hard, without the burden weighing us down. This is our best fit. When we try and squeeze into a model outside of this, we will find our souls very sore, damaged, and ironically our work less effective.

Press into Jesus, who will carry your load, working with Him is your best fit, it is a custom fit that will lighten your load and bring ease to your life.

Emma Burchell

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