Posted by: springsinthedesert | September 1, 2010

A New Creation…Once We Are In Christ

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

        Mathew 11:30

In the Old Testament times, the ark of the Lord was given greater importance in the lives of the Israelites. It was considered  to be the visible sign of God’s presence and protection. If you read 1 Samuel chapter 5 and 6, you can read there that the Philistines defeated the Israelites and captured the ark, but they soon returned it because the ark seemed to destroy their own god’s idol and made them sick. They did not know whether the hand of God was against them or the sickness that they are having is a coincidence. This is what they decided to do about the ark of covenant. “Now then, get a new cart ready, with two cows that have calved and have never been yoked. Hitch the cows to the cart, but take their calves away and pen them up. Take the ark of the LORD and put it on the cart, and in a chest beside it put the gold objects you are sending back to him as a guilt offering. Send it on its way,but keep watching it. If it goes up to its own territory, toward Beth Shemesh, then the LORD has brought this great disaster on us. But if it does not, then we will know that it was not his hand that struck us and that it happened to us by chance.”

I would like to concentrate on those cows which carried the ark of God. We read that those two cows are milking cows and they have calves. They have never been tied up with a yoke on them before. And moreover, the cows are separated from their calves. Do you have any idea how the calves might react to this separation? They cry and struggle their level best to be loose. Its the same with the cows too. But if you read verse 12, there you can see that “Then the cows went straight up toward Beth Shemesh, keeping on the road and lowing all the way; they did not turn to the right or to the left”. Bible is not talking about men here, mere animals which we think has no thinking of their own.

What is that we can learn from these cows? If the ark of God resembles the presence of God, then can we relate it to our own lives? When God dwells in us, when we carry His yoke upon us, what are the changes that are to happen in our lives? We will have a new experience. Those cows had never carried a yoke before. Its a new experience for them. But they do not fight with that experience. They take it faithfully and happily. When Jesus came into our lives, it was a new experience for us right? Something which we have never gone through before. But most of the time we stop there with that experience. There are more to this experience that we are expected to follow. Lets come back to the cows. Once the yoke was placed on them, they had a new nature. I told you previously how the cows will react normally to the separation they were forced to have from their calves. But these cows reacted differently, they had a new nature. I am not saying that we should not care about our family or children when it comes to God. Instead, it means that we need not worry too much or have over concerns about what God has given us. If He has called us, then He will definitely take care of what we have. We are not supposed to worry about our life like how the world will normally react to. When you have Jesus with you, you need to have a different attitude towards everything.

Do we stop here with our “born again” experience? Absolutely not. The cows had a new direction to go. They have never travelled that way before and being animals, they do not have the intellects to find the way by themselves. I strongly believe that the ark which was laid on them directed them to go that way. They were directed according to the will of God. When the yoke of God is upon us, He will lead us to new ways in which we have never travelled before. But in all those ways, if we submit our lives to God’s will, He will fulfill his plans for us. Now the last thing I have learned from these cows is that they had a new dedication in their lives. If you read verse 14, there we read that the cows were sacrificed as a burnt offering to God. When we are born again, we have a new dedication in our lives, to always sacrifice our lives to Him as an offering. Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. Romans 12:1

Where are we in this journey with Jesus Christ? The time we first met Him was a wonderful experience for us. As we grow in Him, do we have a new nature, a new direction and a new dedication in our lives? Are we ready to follow His commands in our lives? Can we say with Paul that “I die daily” (1 Corinthians 15:31) and with John , “You must increase and I must decrease (John3:30)

God Bless,

Rani John

 

 

 

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    Responses

    1. Boy, you got some good stuff from them cows! 🙂 This was awesome and wonderfully encouraging and challenging at the same time. I am going to remember that . . .a new experience, new nature, new direction, new dedication. 🙂 God bless you as you go on and on with Him! deb

    2. What a consolation! If the God of all creation is in me He will direct my foot steps and lead me to the expected end. Often times when things are not working out as I expect them to be, I wonder whether I am in the right track.Today this message reminds me of the One who is in me Who directs my steps each day. May I always remain in His will. Thank you, Rani, for this encouraging message. Susan


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