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  • Allen Domelle

What the Yoke Has Taught Me




Matthew 11:29

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

The greatest learning tool of Christ, His ways, and His doctrine is in the yoke of service. Jesus says to the disciple, Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me…. In other words, you cannot learn about Christ by sitting at a table, but you learn about Christ by serving with Him in the harvest.

I remember that my pastor, Dr. Jack Hyles, explained to the college students that they learn in the classroom, but they are to take what they learned and apply it as they served God on the weekends. Bro. Hyles was teaching us that we cannot learn without service. In fact, we learned more in the yoke of service than we did in the classroom. Don't get me wrong, you learn information in the classroom, but the yoke of service is where you truly learn about Christ.

I will explain this another way. Many Bible college graduates will say they learned more after Bible college than they did in college. It was not that they did not learn; it was that the yoke of service is where they learned the most. Too many people are trying to teach God’s Ways and doctrines at a discipleship table when Christ says you learn of Him in His yoke.

Moreover, Christ made it clear that you choose to learn of Him by taking on His yoke. In other words, nobody can make you learn about Christ because you must be the one who chooses to serve with Christ in the harvest. I can guarantee that those who are serving with Christ in His harvest know more about Christ than many preachers who have college degrees that never or rarely lead a soul to Christ. With this said, let me share some things I have learned about Christ in His yoke.

First, I have learned about Christ’s faithfulness in His yoke. Christ has never left me in my time of need. I have learned that the greatest way to get help from Christ is by serving Him and not by sitting and waiting for His help. Christ has been faithful to meet every need that arises from trials while I have served with Him in His yoke to reach the harvest. You will find that Christ is faithful never to leave or forsake you if you stay in His yoke and serve with Him in the harvest.

Second, I have learned about Christ’s power in His yoke. You will learn more about the power of God by serving than you ever will by sitting. In fact, you will never learn anything about the power of God by sitting and waiting for it. You can pray until Jesus comes, but you will never know God’s power until you get in Christ’s yoke and serve Him. Yes, we need to pray, but we pray for power as we serve in Christ’s yoke, and it is while we are serving in His yoke that we see His power. My friend, I don't need power to preach if I am not preaching; I need it when I go to preach. Likewise, you don't need God’s power until you get in Christ’s yoke and do what requires His power.

Third, I have learned Christ’s mind in His yoke. God commands us to have the mind of Christ, but you will only develop that mind by serving with Him in His yoke. You will find that as you serve with Christ that His mind will change you. You cannot serve with Christ without His presence changing your desires and thoughts. If you want the mind of Christ to control you, get in His yoke and serve with Him; it is only then that He will transform your mind to think like Him.

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