_______ March 26 ______
TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU
How can one enter a strong man’s house and plunder his goods, unless he first binds the strong man? And then he will plunder his house. –__Matthew 12:29__
The spasmodic, fitful movements of some who claim to be Christians are well represented by the work of strong but untrained horses. When one pulls forward, another pulls back, and at the voice of their master one plunges ahead and the other stands immovable. If men will not move in concert in the great and grand work for this time, there will be confusion. It is not a good sign when men refuse to unite with their brethren and prefer to act alone. Let laborers take into their confidence the brethren who are free to point out every departure from right principles. If men wear the yoke of Christ, they can not pull apart; they will draw with Christ.
Some workers pull with all the power that God has given them, but they have not yet learned that they should not pull alone. Instead of isolating them¬selves, let them draw in harmony with their fellow laborers. Unless they do this, their activity will work at the wrong time and in the wrong way. They will often work counter to that which God would have done, and thus their work is worse than wasted. (Testimonies for the Church, vol. 9, 258-259)
There is no such thing as neutrality in the service of God. He can not be satisfied with anything short of entire consecration, – consecration of thought, voice, spirit, every organ of mind and body. … Those who are convinced that Jesus is the Christ must understand that they are to use all their powers in co-operating with their Redeemer. They are to wear his yoke, and work in his lines. (The Review and Herald, December 12, 1899)