Pilots and Oxen

Monday, Sept. 14

“If God is your co-pilot, you need to swap seats.”—author unknown. So far as I know, they did not have airplanes in Jesus’ day, so he used a different analogy, a yoke of oxen. Mt. 11:28-30. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Jesus is represented by the experienced ox and the one who comes to him is represented by an inexperienced ox that will learn by being yoked to Jesus. It’s a marvelous analogy. Jesus is strong, able to carry the load, and he is gentle and patient and humble. He is the teacher, and promises rest for the soul. There is work to be done, and it will get done because of the union with Christ. But the work is “light” because Jesus carries the main load. Notice that the “rest” is for the soul, not the body. So the bumps in the road [Sorry, another analogy] are still there, but we can handle them because of Jesus. You could guess that if the novice ox wanted to take control, it wouldn’t work. You’re a co-pilot, not the pilot. So, whether ox or co-pilot, don’t try to take charge.

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