Three Taverns Church

Putting On The Yoke Of Jesus


In my last post I tried to describe the difference between Jesus’ yoke as noted in Matthew 11:30, and the yoke of expected performance the Church places on us. In response, a reader posed the following question: “What do I do now?”

To answer that excellent question, let me refer to the concluding lines of my last post:

In context, then, I believe verses 1-27 of chapter 11 provide justification for why we follow Jesus: He is the Son of God. Furthermore, I believe chapter 12 tells us about following Jesus: He lives only to fulfill the expectations of His heavenly Father, not priests, pastors, legalism, culture, or His biological family.

I believe Jesus wants people to serve the Father, not culture (no, not even ‘Christian culture’).

I believe Jesus wants people to worship the Creator, not the creation.

I believe Jesus desperately desires for people to see with absolute clarity the difference between Truth and Idolatry.

So what does this mean? What should you do? Here are ten ideas:

  1. Make up your mind to serve God, not the Church
  2. Be prepared to serve God more often Monday through Saturday than on Sunday morning
  3. Consider whether you use the Church to make yourself feel better
  4. Consider whether the Church is the most important thing in your life
  5. Remember that the Church was made for man, not man for the Church
  6. Ask yourself if you are often forced to choose between doing what’s best for people and doing what’s best for the Church
  7. Remember that Jesus is in heaven and all the Apostles are dead; your pastor’s name is not in the Bible
  8. Make a list of the rules and cultural expectations of your Church that have more to do with where you were born than what’s in the Bible
  9. Quit serving at your Church if you’re doing it because you think you ‘have to’ or because a member of the Church staff pressured you
  10. Take responsibility for your relationship with Jesus Christ; quit forcing your pastor to spoon-feed you every Sunday morning

6 thoughts on “Putting On The Yoke Of Jesus

  1. “Quit serving at your Church if you’re doing it because you think you ‘have to’ or because a member of the Church staff pressured you”

    and/or if you realize you’re serving in any way for any kind of approval. Quit immediately until you can serve Christ.

  2. Good stuff. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Thank you for the suggestions. Because of you, I think I am already doing what you have suggested.

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