Freedom Demands It

ENGLISH

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. — Galatians 5:1

At this point, Paul is concluding his thoughts from chapter four in that he has laid out how we arrive at our freedom in Christ. His purpose was to point out that we have been set free. Again this is not freedom to sin but freedom from sin. But then he adds in a new image — the yoke.

A yoke was something that a farmer used to restrain an unsubmissive animal. It was a tool used to guide and direct them. Therefore, Paul infers that men needed one of these for a while, like unrestrained animals. And the Law behaved like a yoke restraining men. But the purpose of the Law is different from the purpose of Christ. One results in slavery, and the other results in freedom.

But the freedom we are given in Christ is not something to be taken for granted or abused. It is not freedom to do nothing but freedom to do something. And the something we do is "stand firm" in Christ and his will. We no longer carry the yoke of slavery but take the yoke of Christ.

And here is what Jesus says about this yoke:

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. — Matthew 11:28-30

So are you looking to lighten your load today? Then stop trying to carry it yourself. Let Jesus carry it for you. His yoke is easy, and his burden is light.

ASK THIS: What burden do you need to give to Jesus today?

DO THIS: Give it to Jesus and then stand firm.

PRAY THIS: God, I want to give a burden I have been bearing too long. Take it from me. Amen.

PLAY THIS: His Yoke Is Easy.

SPANISH

SIGN UP — MEN'S DAILY DEVO
short | practical | biblical
Read through the Bible daily with Vince Miller.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

16 thoughts on “Freedom Demands It

  1. Craig Rogers says:

    Devo is very good. I m from SGT, many of us from mens fellowship are listening. I dont care for the song lyrics, “we are all broken people “. Wish it was more challenging in a positive way. I know what it means, we are all sinners and need s Savior, just that some men are so stuck in their brokenness, hearing a more encouraging opening to devo might be more helpful😉

  2. Eddie Ackerman says:

    taking on His yoke means He walks with You and we are walking in step with Him. since He is all-powerful, OF COURSE the yoke is lighter, He NEVER gets tired. God, please help me to let go of the burden of worry about tomorrow, today has enough worries, and I don’t control today OR tomorrow, but You do. Amen.

  3. Bill B. says:

    My wife Deb and I have been stressing over a home purchase that we just made. We had to bid $45k over the asking price. But this is what needs to be done in today’s market. It is at the very top of our budget. We’ve been looking for over a year and prices keep climbing. But I’ve been carrying this burden of affordabiliy too long and fully turn in over to Jesus. We close June 30th so please pray for us. Thanks.

  4. Robert Miranda says:

    Agree totally. That is what i do. You have to die to self everyday. That is our part. In fact i have actually died and been crucified with Christ. Gal 2 : 20.
    But unfortunately we live in a season of hyper grace. And we still have the audacity call ourselves Christ’s disciples.

  5. Tom Fredericks Sr. says:

    Our freedom in Christ is rooted and proved successful by way of our surrender. As John the Baptist declared, “He must increase. I must decrease!” So must we!

    • Robert Miranda says:

      Agree totally. That is what i do. You have to die to self everyday. That is our part. In fact i have actually died and been crucified with Christ. Gal 2 : 20.
      But unfortunately we live in a season of hyper grace. And we still have the audacity call ourselves Christ’s disciples.

  6. JasonB says:

    Surrender…that’s what His yoke is about.

    Pride…that’s the yoke of slavery to the law.

    I can do it vs. He has done it!

    Great devotional, thank you Vince.

  7. Todd Hansen says:

    I was thinking about the yoke image recently in the context of the passage from Matthew above, and wondering why I would want to add another burden to my life — even though he says it’s a light and easy one. The Holy Spirit showed me that Jesus wants me to see that my taking on of his yoke doesn’t mean that he takes it off and hands it to me, but rather that we are joined together in the yoke and the work. This means that I’m now participating with him in the work he’s doing. It also means that the stronger “beast” (Jesus) is helping the weaker “beast” (me) do more and better work because he is, in fact, carrying most of the load himself. In this way, following him is a co-mission (Matt 28:18-19), a spiritually-assisted delight, and that going where he directs is not just possible, but inevitable (Ephesians 2:10)!

  8. Robert Miranda says:

    Thanks brother. 🙏🏻
    Just one simple question.
    When we take the yoke of Jesus, what is then our practical role as Christians to be free from sin and slavery…..what do we need to do. ? Ofcourse we have to use our WILL and say no to sin and die to ourselves ? So we have a role. Or r we on something auto pilot….that the sinful desires will suddenly go away ? That will be so good.

    • Tom Fredericks Sr. says:

      We must obey Him. Our obedience releases His blessings! Study THE Word, know THE Word, memorize THE Word, and obey THE Word. Herein lies the way to success and freedom in Christ! “Thy Word have I hid in my heart that I might NOT sin against thee!” – (Psalm 119:11)

      • Robert Miranda says:

        Plus briefly. In my experience the yoke of obedience is easy n light than the yoke of disobedience….as someone said…
        Sin takes you farther than you wanted to go….
        Keeps you longer than you wanted to stay…
        Makes you pay more than you wanted to pay….🙏🏻

>