His Yoke Is Easy
By Samuel L. Brengle
"James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus."
"Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ."
"Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ."
"Paul and Timothy, the servants of Jesus Christ."
"Paul, a servant of God."
Thus boldly and proudly wrote James and Jude and Peter and Paul in an age when labor and service were a badge of inferiority and shame. That age with its false standards and corrupt glories was doomed and dying, and these early followers of Christ stood on the threshold, and were ushering in a new era in which service was to become a badge of royalty and a distinguishing mark of the sons of God and the citizens of Heaven upon earth. The word servant as used by them meant a slave. They counted themselves slaves of God and of Christ....
It was not the slavery of compulsion and law, but the willing and glad slavery of love. This was the voluntary attitude of Paul and of Jude, of Peter and James. Jesus had won them by love. They had sat at the feet of the Great Servant of Love, who came not to be served but to serve, to minister to others, to give His life a ransom for all. They had seen Him giving Himself to the poor, the weary, the heavy laden, the vile, the sinful, and the unthankful. They had seen His blessed life outpoured.
They had seen Him "wounded for our transgressions...bruised for our iniquities," (Isa. 53:5) chastised for our peace and stricken that we might be healed, and their hearts had been bowed and broken by His great love. Henceforth they were His bondslaves, no longer free to come and go as they pleased, but only as He willed, for the chains of love held them and the burning passion of love constrained them.
Such bondage and service became to them the most perfect liberty. Their only joy was to do those things that were pleasing in His sight. Set at liberty to do this, their freedom was complete, for he only is free who is permitted to do always that which pleases him. The love slave has no pleasure like that of serving his master. This is his joy, and his very "crown of rejoicing."
The love slave is altogether at his Master's service. He is all eyes for his Master. He watches. He is all ears for his Master. He listens. His mind is willing. His hands are ready. His feet are swift.
To sit at the Master's feet and look into His loved face; to listen to His voice and catch His words; to run on His errands; to do His bidding; to share His privations and sorrows; to watch at His door; to guard His honor; to praise His name; to defend His person; to seek and promote His interests, and if needs be, to die for His dear sake – this is the joy of the slave of love, and this he counts his perfect freedom....
"My yoke is easy, and My burden is light" said Jesus (Matt. 11:28). This is His easy yoke and light burden. His yoke is the yoke of love, and it is easy. Love makes it easy. His burden is the burden of love, and it is light. Love makes it light.
To the sinner the yoke looks intolerable, the burden looks unbearable. But to those who have entered into the secret of the Master, His yoke is the badge of freedom, and His burden gives wings to the soul.
This is holiness. It is wholeness of consecration and devotion. It is singleness of eye. It is perfect love which casts out fear. The love slave does not fear the Master, for he joys in the Master's will. "Not My will, but Thine be done" (Luke 22:42); "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" (Job 13:15), says the slave of love. There can be no fear where there is such love.
This is heart purity accomplished by the expulsive power of a new and overmastering affection and purpose. Sin and selfishness are consumed in the hot fires of this great love. Hallelujah!
This is religion made easy. This is God's Kingdom come, and His will done, on earth as it is in Heaven. For what more can the angels do than to serve God with this unselfishness and passionate love?
You Must Choose
Do you ask, "How shall I enter into this sweet and gentle and yet all powerful bondage of love?" I answer, by your own choice and by God's revelation of Himself to your soul. If your love to Him now is a very poor and powerless thing, it is because you do not know Him, you do not draw near enough to see the beauty of Him.
"My God, how beautiful Thou art!" – the language of a soul which is learning to know Him. Then comes the realization –
Thou hast stooped to ask of me,
The love of my poor heart.
To the men of this world He is not beautiful, for they have not sought to see Him. Let Him show Himself to you that you may fall in love with Him. Saint Paul had seen His glory and been blinded by it. The other apostles had lived with Him, and walked at His side. They loved Him because they knew Him so well.
For this reason they could make the great decision. Like Moses they chose "rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt" (Heb. 11:25-26). So you must choose. The choice must be complete and it must be final.
Then as a love slave you must wait upon the Master. If He is silent to you, watch. When He speaks to you, listen. What He says to you, do. His will is recorded in His Word. Search the Scriptures. Meditate therein day and night. Hide His Word in your heart. Be not forgetful.
Take time to seek His face. Think of a slave being too busy to wait on his master, to find out his wishes! Take time, find time, make time to seek the Lord, and He will be found of you. He will reveal Himself to your longing, loving soul, and you shall know the sweet compulsions of the slavery that is love.
– From Love Slaves.