I was teaching Sunday School to the middle school girls. We were in a deep discussion about being enslaved to sin. The girls were following along carefully and seemed to be understanding that when we practice sin, we get better and better at sinning. And sin will take control. That’s why Paul uses the imagery of a yoke.
Galatians 5:1, “For freedom, Christ set us free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
Our yoke to is sin. It leads us into more sin even if we don’t want to go.
The looks on the girls’ faces suddenly seemed blank.
I backed up and started again. Nods. Nods. Then, suddenly, blank stares when I got to Galatians.
“Do you guys know how yokes work?” I asked them.
“Okay. Why don’t you each act out a yoke so I’m sure we’re on the same page.”
The first girl cupped her hands. The second put her hands around either side of her neck with her elbows pointing out. The third put her head between her knees and wrapped her arms around herself.