“Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have confessed so well before many witnesses.” I Timothy 6:12 NLT
The yoke is not only a means of adopting Jesus’ triumphant way of living, but it is also a sign of ownership.
Jeremiah made a yoke for himself to wear as a sign that Judah, his beloved nation, would wear the yoke of the king of Babylon. Since Judah had worshipped Babylon’s idols, she then had to wear Babylon’s yoke. (Jer. 27:2,12)
I cannot avoid the consequences of submission to the wrong master. Paul says that I am the slave of either sin or righteousness. (Romans 6:15-16)
He also implies that whichever master I serve, I must wear his yoke or ownership. I cannot indulge in sin without giving up some of my sovereignty to it. Just as I cannot be partially married, so I cannot be partially righteous.
The only way I can escape my yoke to sin or the world or Satan is to break it! Naturally, I cannot break that yoke by my own power, but God says He will help me: “…..now I will break his yoke from upon you, and snap your bonds asunder.” (Nahum 1:13)
Praise God for His resource of power! However, that power cannot become operative in me until I will to have it do so; in short, I must want the yoke broken so intensely that I freely invite God to smash it to pieces for me.
Despite the strength of the yoke, or the length of time I have served under it, God is sufficiently mighty to redeem me from its authority and stronghold.
Jeremiah lamented that his people had broken God’s yoke over them. (Jer. 2:20; 5:5)
God help that I never find His yoke so confining, so enslaving, and so disagreeable that I every contemplate breaking it off me. To wear the yoke of Jesus is the highest of honors, and the most lasting and satisfying of vocations.