The misery of the rich and famous is well documented. With all the freedom money can buy, people so often live in bondage to themselves, their image, and the world we have created for them. In contrast, according to the biblical account of Matthew, Jesus gave a strange farming analogy about being yoked to him. (A yoke is a plowing device that binds two oxen together so that the stronger one can lead and train the weaker.) Essentially, Jesus was saying, “Chain yourself to me, and I’ll teach you how to live as you were created to live.” He said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Jesus knew that as humans, we are by nature slaves—slaves to power, slaves to approval, slaves to escapism. So instead of leaving us bound to our selfish desires, he calls us to chain ourselves to his rule of love. Freedom through submission.
– Nathan Foster, The Making of an Ordinary Saint