Take my yoke on you and become like me, for I am gentle and without pride, and you will have rest for your souls;…
Being a Christian does not actually refer directly to being born again, but in fact refers to becoming like Jesus, which begins with being born again. Notice Jesus said here in Matthew to become like Him you must be gentle, which is translated humble and without pride. When you look to Jesus’ life you find out in several verses what that means. Jesus said He did not come to fulfill His will, but the will of the Father who sent Him. When we choose to not do what God’s Word tells us, which is His will for us, we are choosing our will over His. This is pride, not humility. God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6). His grace flows to those who are humble, yielded, and submitted to His will. This is what Isaiah 1:19 refers to telling us if we are willing and obedient we will eat the good of the land. What determines if we eat the good of the land? Whether you are willing and obedient or not. Jesus gave up His will for the Fathers will, obeying His Word all the way to the cross. In the garden of Gethsemane Jesus prayed and said, “Not my will Father, but your will be done.” So if we quit choosing our own way over God’s we will live in Christ’s example as a Christ follower, a Christian, taking His yoke and becoming like Him.