Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
Self-Denial (Part 2: Which Yoke?)
'We are Abraham's descendants, and have never been in bondage to anyone. How can You say, 'You will be made free'?' Jesus answered them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.'
John 8:33-34 (NKJV)
For a long time, I thought I was free. I considered myself a player and a self-made success.
Secondarily, I was a mom and a doctor's wife. I moved in high circles, lived in nice houses, and owned cool stuff. I believed in self-fulfillment. As time passed, I began to feel the weight of my gold-plated chains. Nevertheless, I carried them proudly. I considered them proof of power.
I didn't know that Jesus is the only Proof that's true, and God is the only Power that lasts.
Only when circumstances slowed me down did I pause to reflect. The gold was fake. It rusted and splintered. My declaration of independence as a liberated woman had consequences. Like Paul, I was the ox kicking against the goad of God's authority (see Acts 9:5). Therein, my yoke was not gentle. My burden was not light.
The truth began as a painful awakening, but came to a glorious Light--One I thank God for every day.
Bob Dylan was right about one thing: 'You're gonna have to serve somebody. It may be the devil or it may be the Lord, but you're gonna have to serve somebody.'* Bob hit the truth. So did I: everyone wears a yoke.
Joshua put it this way: 'Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord' (Joshua 24:15).
God puts it this way: 'I call Heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; that you may love the Lord your God, that you may obey His voice, and that you may cling to Him, for He is your life and the length of your days' (Deuteronomy 30:19-20).
Choose life. Serve God. Wear His yoke. Independence is a fairytale. Self-fulfillment is a myth.
To Be Continued...
*Lyrics to 'Gonna Serve Somebody' http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/bobdylan/gottaservesomebody.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Self-Denial series.