TUESDAY, MARCH 15
So why are you now challenging God by burdening the Gentile believers with a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors were able to bear?
Acts 15:10 (NLT)
FREE: WE ALL FALL SHORT
Anne Cetas wrote about a Sunday school teacher who read Matthew 11:30 to the children in her class, and then asked: “Jesus said, ‘My yoke is easy.’ Who can tell me what a yoke is?” A boy raised his hand and replied, “A yoke is something they put on the necks of animals so they can help each other.” Then the teacher asked, “What is the yoke Jesus puts on us?” A quiet little girl raised her hand and said, “It is God putting His arm around us.”
When Jesus came, He offered an “easy” and “lighter” yoke compared to the yoke of the religious leaders. They had placed “heavy burdens” of laws on the people , which no one could possibly keep. God knew we would never be able to measure up to His standards, so He sent Jesus to this earth. Mike shared on Sunday that we all fall short of perfection required by the Old Testament Law.
How have you felt tied down to church rules and expectations that aren’t necessarily God’s expectations? Learning to study the Bible on your own is one of the ways God can speak to you and show you what He expects from you and how he can set you free from religion.
Thank Jesus for not loading you down with impossible rules and regulations. Praise Jesus for making our yoke easy and our burden light.