Get Yoked

Susan Hetrick

Read: Matthew 11:28-30

Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (v. 29)

Ask any schoolteacher what the best teaching method is, and you will likely hear, “Well, that depends.” Some children learn by listening to the teacher speak (auditory style), some learn by watching a video or looking at a map (visual), and some children learn by reading and writing a response (analytical). There are also kids who need to get out of their chairs and physically move (kinesthetic); and those who learn best by solving problems with others in a group (social learning).

Jesus knew that people have different learning styles, which is why he used a variety of teaching methods. He told stories and preached (auditory), wrote in the sand (visual), asked questions (analytical), walked with people (kinesthetic), and sent his disciples out to minister in pairs (social).

Whatever your learning style, Jesus urges you to “put on his yoke.” A yoke is something that fastens two things together so they move as one, such as a pair of oxen. You need to get as close as possible to Jesus and “yoke” yourself to him in order to become transformed.

By hanging out with Jesus and learning from him in your own personal learning style—whether that’s listening to an audio Bible, viewing visual discipleship resources, reading his words, walking while praying, or joining a small group—you will find rest for your soul! —Susan Hetrick

Prayer: Thank you, God, for creating me with a unique learning style. Help me to yoke myself to Jesus and learn his ways.