What does a cup; a rod, a staff, a yoke, and a cross all have in common? Give
up? Let's take a look. Have you ever wondered how life can seem so painful at
times? I was contemplating this very matter the other day when God quickly reminded
me that the instruments He chooses to use in the shaping process of a believers
life may have a lot to do with it.
instance, In the Old Testament (Psalms 23) we have a rod and staff carefully
constructed for our comfort . And if those weren't enough all by themselves, there's
a cup involved, it's drink, "the wine of astonishment."
Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of
astonishment Ps 60:3
we move to the New Testament we see yet another set of implements awaiting the
serious believer. And what would those be, you ask? Well, they are called a cross
and a yoke. Oh, by the way, there is also a cup involved here as well, and Jesus
ask us as He did His disciples, Are ye able to drink it?
But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask Are ye able to drink of the
cup that shall drink of and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized
with? Mt 20:22
like fun? But believe it or not, these instruments were especially engineered
for our preservation.
Wow, who would have thought that a cross and a yoke
would be so vitally important in the making of a believer?
the order here, a cross, a yoke. And it must be exactly in that order. For it
is only when we have climbed up on the cross, and have crucified the flesh with
all of it passions that the LORD will then invite us to team up with Him in this
contraption called a yoke. And by the way, I have heard it said that, 'there
are no padded crosses.'
they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts
- 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
Galatians 5:24, Matthew 11:28-30
what is God up to in all of this? It's called PEACE of mind, REST for our soul;
and until we take God up on His offer, we will never experience neither of these.
Don't believe me then take a look for yourself.
shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall
you understand how powerful this is? Do you know how liberating this can be?
It's only when we realize we are completely dead, useless, and have nothing to
offer God, that He then ask us to team up with Him as a Co-laborer. That way He
will receive all the glory in our lives.
God could come up with a plan like this. I guess that's why we're reminded, For
my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
Isaiah 55:8 Yes, Jesus wants to live His life through us. I
have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives
in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God,
who loved me and gave himself for me Galatians
you under siege, feel like giving up? Take courage and know this, that what you're
experiencing is all part of the shaping process God is using to conform us to
the image of His Son. It may seem painful now, but oh the wondrous benefit from
having trusted Him. So take up the cross, put on His yoke, lift up His cup, and
allow yourself to be comforted by His rod and staff. You'll be glad you did!
his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night,
but joy cometh in the