Is Christian living easy or hard?
Is it easy or hard for you to live the Christian life?
I have asked this question to thousands of Christians and consistently they will answer with resolve, “Hard!”
Then, I show them this familiar verse:
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Matthew 11:30 (NIV2011)
I ask again, wording the question slightly differently, “Did Jesus teach that following Him would be easy or hard?” Puzzled looks.
I never get an explanation this complete, but it seems they are saying, “I don’t care what that verse says, believe me, Christian living is very, very hard.”
One word of clarification. I am not asking whether life is hard. Our experience confirms what Jesus taught: life is hard. “In this world you will have trouble.” John 16:33 (NIV2011) Trouble. Life is hard.
I am asking whether Christian living is easy or hard, not whether life is easy or hard. In this world full of difficulties, is it easy or hard to live as Jesus taught?
The answer seems clear. Jesus taught that His yoke is easy. Could it be we have put on some other yoke?
Perhaps we have put on the yoke of religion.
Perhaps we have put on the yoke of duty.
Perhaps we have put on the yoke of feel-good-faith.
Perhaps we have put on the yoke of legalism.
Perhaps we have put on the yoke of moralism.
Perhaps we have put on the yoke of trying really hard to be good.
If the yoke that we have around our neck is not easy, it is not Jesus’ yoke.
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