Put On Christ’s Yoke
A yoke is a wooden beam that is placed over the necks of two oxen or other bearers of burdens. Under each end of the beam the wood is curved, and metal or wooden bands slide over the heads of the animals. Once yoked together, the pair must work in harmony, or there will be continual chafing and strain.
To avoid a constant struggle, one member of the team must be dominant and the other submissive. The dominant one leads the way, and the submissive one learns to anticipate the moves of the leader and work in perfect harmony. If two strong-willed oxen are yoked together, there will be constant tension as one ox pulls one way and the other tries to pull in another direction.
“Strain and pressures in the Christian life may indicate that we are out of step with Christ.”