IT’S EASY (BUT HARD TO DO)
Jesus said his yoke is easy and his burden is light. How so?
It’s certainly not easy saving the world. The cross he carried certainly wasn’t light. His commands to love our enemies and pray for those who persecute us aren’t the easiest thing to do. What does he mean?
The Easy Part
What Jesus asks of us is not easy. He wants to take you to places you could never go by yourself. His way is easy the way power brakes and power steering make driving easier. It is assisted. God strongly supports you when you go with him where he is going. Jesus pulls the yoke with you and he is the one doing the heavy lifting.
Last summer we rented electric fat tire bikes in Mammoth. We breezed up hills past much stronger cyclists. We were peddling, but the electric motor assisted just enough that we could go farther, faster and higher than we ever could have on a regular bike. It felt like being a kid and having my dad push on the back of my seat so I could get up the hill.
The Hard Part
The only hard thing about pulling the yoke WITH Jesus is that you have to go only where he wants to go and only at the speed he wants to go. When you struggle against the yoke to race ahead or to go another direction, it is harder than if you never hitched yourself to Jesus. If walking with Jesus seems hard to you, maybe you are running ahead or trying to go somewhere he doesn’t want to go. Submit to his yoke and see how easy it can be.