Our theme for this month: “You Gotta Keep Dancing”
Our Bible verse for today: “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Walk with Jesus through it.”
In my opinion, when it comes to understanding how to live the Christian life well, especially during the tough times in life, Matthew 11:28-30 is one of the most important word pictures Jesus gave to us. That being the case I return to it frequently in my own life, but also in my preaching, teaching, and writing.
In this scene Jesus used an illustration that the listeners of His day would have quickly and easily related to. Theirs was a farming society and they were used to seeing a team of oxen yoked together plowing a field. They knew that in every team of oxen there was a lead ox and a follower ox. The lead ox was older, bigger, stronger, and more experienced. The follower ox was younger, smaller, and less experienced. The lead ox carried most of the load and provided the direction. The follower ox was to stay beside the lead ox, share in carrying the load, and following the direction of the lead ox.
In this illustration Jesus was saying “Let me be your lead ox”. Yoke yourself to me, walk side-by-side with me through life. I will carry most of the load and I will provide the direction. Just stick close to me and we will do this together.”
Life is always better with Jesus than without Him. Whether that life is lived in a hut in remote Africa, in a prison cell in Tennessee, or in a mansion in Beverly Hills, life is always better with Jesus than without Him. When you are walking closely with Jesus through life the Holy Spirit provides guidance, encouragement, and an increasing awareness of the fruit of the Spirit in your life. The fruit of the Spirit, as described by the Apostle Paul in Galatians 5:22-23 is, “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” No matter your geographic location, your age, your health, or any other circumstances, life will always be better with Jesus and with the fruit of the Spirit than without.
Our theme this month is “You Gotta Keep Dancing” through the difficult times in life. As you do that your circumstances might not improve much. You might not be healed of your sickness; you may have to continue to live on a small income; your unfaithful spouse might leave you and never return. So your circumstances might not improve, but whatever the circumstances are, life will always be better with Jesus than without Him. The closer you remain to Him the stronger and happier and more content you will be.
Whatever your situation is, I encourage you to stick close to Jesus and then walk with Him through it.