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"Taking Up The Yoke"
[Quotations shared during the course of
"Like Jesus: Taking Up The Yoke"]
 
 
Find Joy in Submitting to God

Psalm 16:11 “You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy [and] pleasures forevermore.”
 
“The happiest people in the world are those who trust in Jesus and gladly do His bidding. From the lives of those who follow Him, unrest and discontent are banished. . . . They may meet with trial and difficulty, but their lives are full of joy; for Christ walks beside them, and His presence makes the pathway bright.”—In Heavenly Places, p. 62
 
“Christ has given to every man his work, and we are to acknowledge the wisdom of the plan He has made for us by a hearty cooperation with Him. It is in a life of service only that true happiness is found. He who lives a useless, selfish life is miserable. He is dissatisfied with himself and with everyone else.”—Manuscript Releases, Vol. 8, p. 422

“There are many who are not satisfied with the work that God has given them. They are not satisfied to serve Him pleasantly in the place that He has marked out for them, or to do uncomplainingly the work that He has placed in their hands."—Manuscript Releases, Vol. 8, p. 422 
    
"It is right for us to be dissatisfied with the way in which we perform duty, but we are not to be dissatisfied with the duty itself, because we would rather do something else. In His providence God places before human beings service that will be as medicine to their diseased minds. Thus He seeks to lead them to put aside the selfish preferences which, if cherished, would disqualify them for the work He has for them. If they accept and perform this service, their minds will be cured. But if they refuse it, they will be left at strife with themselves and with others.”—Manuscript Releases, Vol. 8, p. 422

 
Take Up Christ’s Yoke
 
Matt. 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 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. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
 
"Jesus invites you to lay down the yoke you have been bearing, which has been galling your neck ... the load of self-love, covetousness, pride, passion, jealousy, and evil surmising. Yet how closely do men clasp these curses, and how loath are they to give them up."—Testimonies, Vol. 4, p. 240.3

 
Find His Yoke A Blessing
 
"This yoke, [which] you are afraid [to] put upon your neck because you fear it will gall, Jesus says is easy. The burden you dare not touch—it is light. All that is required on your part is to resolutely lay hold upon it, and you will find it a support rather than a grievous burden. That cross which seems to you so inconvenient an instrument to lift, which seems too heavy to be raised, when you cheerfully lay hold upon it and lift it, it will lift you and be a support and strength to you...."—Upward Look, p. 376.4

John 6:38 “… not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.”

"The yoke and the cross are symbols representing the same thing,—the giving up of the will to God."—Bible Commentary, Vol. 5, p. 1090.8

"What is “My yoke”? It is perfect submission to God."—Sermons and Talks, Vol. 1, p. 152.3

"If with gladsome consent of heart to His gracious call, you come wearing the yoke of Christ,--the yoke of obedience and service,--all your murmurings will be stilled, all your difficulties will be removed, all the perplexing problems that now confront you will be solved."—Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, p. 101. (1896)

 
Wear the Yoke in Meekness and Lowliness

"We are to take his yoke of submission, restraint, and obedience, in meekness and lowliness of heart. Those who yoke up with Christ will find rest and peace."—Gospel Herald, December 1, 1899 par. 6

"Meekness is a precious, Christian attribute. The meekness and lowliness of Christ are only learned by wearing Christ's yoke. . . . That yoke signifies entire submission."—In Heavenly Places, p. 236.2

"The meekness and lowliness of Christ is the Christian’s power. It is indeed more precious than all things which genius can create or wealth can buy."—Counsels on Health, p. 403.1

The Majesty of heaven was meek and lowly in heart, and he expects all his followers to catch his spirit of meekness and lowliness...."—Signs of the Times, August 22, 1895 Par. 1

"In the world the Christian will be slighted and dishonored, and will consent to be least of all and servant of all. He will submit to be injured, to be despitefully used and persecuted, but wearing the yoke of Christ he will find rest unto his soul, and the yoke will not be galling."—Signs of the Times, August 22, 1895 Par. 5}

"Meekness is a precious grace, willing to suffer silently, willing to endure trials. Meekness is patient and labors to be happy under all circumstances. Meekness is always thankful and makes its own songs of happiness, making melody in the heart to God. Meekness will suffer disappointment and wrong, and will not retaliate. Meekness is not to be silent and sulky. A morose temper is the opposite of meekness; for this only wounds and gives pain to others, and takes no pleasure to itself."—Testimonies, Vol. 3, p. 335.1

 
Discover Why His Yoke Is Easy
 
It was the spirit of uncomplaining submission in which our Saviour did His duty that made His yoke easy and His burden light. He conformed to the law of obedience and service, and the same principle that made Him so useful everywhere, He requires His followers to obey. In this way every man must be educated before he can love God supremely and his neighbor as himself."—Signs of the Times, June 16, 1898 par. 9

""When you find your work hard, when you complain of difficulties and trials, when you say that you have no strength to withstand temptation, that you cannot overcome impatience, and that the Christian life is uphill work, be sure that you are not bearing the yoke of Christ; you are bearing the yoke of another master."—Child Guidance, p. 267.3

Compiled by Dan Augsburger from the writings of Ellen White. If you would like to know more about Ellen White, email me at: path2payer@gmail.com.