Thursday, January 19, 2012

Changing Yokes

I read D&C: 59:23 two nights ago.  

The scripture says this: 

But learn that he who doeth the works of arighteousness shall receive his breward, even cpeace in this world, and deternal life in the world to come. 

It caught my eye because of the peace in this world and in the next.  Life is so much easier when we have peace!  One obtains it by doing the works of righteousness!   I think Christ has one title with Righteousness in it. I don't think it can be just "good things" although that surly would make life better than not doing good things, but that's a post for another day.

I followed footnote C to Matthew 11: 28-30.

28 aCome unto me, all ye that blabour and are heavy laden, and I will give you crest.
29 Take my ayoke upon you, and blearn of me; for I am cmeek and dlowly in eheart: and ye shall find frest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is aeasy, and my burden is light.

Funny- no peace word in there.  What struck me was the word MY.   How many hundreds of times have I read this and I always pictured me in one side of the yoke and inviting the Savior into the other, yet it clearly states that we take HIS yoke upon us.  We completely leave our yoke and get into another one.  A completely different burden! His Yoke is easy.  His Burden is light! Ours are nothing of the sort. 

The vision evokes a complete turn around, a change and a change means repentance and becoming new, getting out of old habits, old ways, etc and going to an easier peaceful life where decisions are simple and one chooses them because it's RIGHT. It screams conversion, commitment, and covenant. A place where commandments were not limiting, but instead freeing. One could dance in a yoke like that!  One lives like that because it's easier in the long run, it's fruit is happiness and PEACE.

If you really think about it- living Christs life in all areas of life would be light, easy, restful.  I think of it in terms of financial right now as that is what is so on my mind, but really it applies to EVERYTHING.  

It would be pleasant carrying a load with Him!

1 comment:

Michelle said...

Beautiful post, Becky! I am glad for the reminder tonight that living the gospel is really the only way to happiness. I especially loved your line about being able to "dance" in a yoke like that. :)