Discipleship Quote 3

Jesus yoked His disciples to Himself, and refused to release them until their religion-shaped spirituality had given way and been replaced with a Jesus-shaped spirituality. (Preface, Page 8) 

2 thoughts on “Discipleship Quote 3

  1. Gifford Claiborne

    I wonder. What do you mean, Maurice, by “yoked”? Can you spell out the process He used?
    And what do you mean by “refused to release”?
    Did he have them imprisoned in some way?
    I think both questions can be answered in a more gentle way.

    1. risingrivermedia@gmail.com Post author

      Gifford, the “yoke” of Jesus is, as you know, found in this passage: “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) When it comes to discipleship, contemporary Christianity creates classes (complete with the infamous workbook and DVD set). Jesus, on the other hand, creates “yokes.” And when I said He refused to “release” the disciples from that yoke I meant that Jesus is even more committed to our discipleship than we are. For example, in Volume 1 of my discipleship series, in Lesson 17 (“Follow Me”) I talk about Jesus first call of the five, who had returned to fishing after hanging out with Jesus for nearly a year. Then, two lessons later (Lesson 19) I talk about the second call of those men after they had returned to fishing . . . again! For His part, Jesus had yoked these men to Himself and was persistent in seeking them. In other words, Jesus refused to “release” them until His purposes for their lives had been realized. How thankful I am, especially during my “dark times,” that Jesus is even more committed to my discipleship than I am. In moments like that, I am thankful for the “yoke.” In the words of George Matheson, the hymnist, “O Love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in thee. I give Thee back the life I owe, that in Thine ocean depths its flow, may richer fuller be.”

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