Today’s Scripture: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

Having been redeemed from a life of service to sin, the Christian may find voluntary servitude difficult, especially after being forced to serve sin for so long. Sin is a hard taskmaster—it takes its subjects farther than they want to go, keeps them longer than they want to stay, and costs them more than they want to pay. It is responsible for ensnaring countless men and women through the allurement of self-gratification, while secretly entangling them in its web. It presents an appealing benefits package, but its wages are death.

Only Christ can free a person from the power of sin. He who is freed from sin is given new liberty with which he can serve a new Master. You might think, “Wait a minute. My burden was heavy as a servant of sin, but won’t it be even greater under a perfect Master Who desires perfection in His servants?”

Jesus said, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest… For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Christ knew the people were in bondage, and He showed them a “more excellent way” by which they could live. Under sin, they were forced to submit to evil desires; in Christ, they could find rest and grace to help them serve effectively out of a personal relationship with their Master.

As a servant of Christ, you, too, can experience real satisfaction!

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder