One thing about the word “easy” is that it’s always clearly distinguishable at a distance. The closer you get to it, the cloudier it becomes. Rarely does anyone think their own life is easy, on the whole. There may be aspects of ease and leisure, privilege, and lack of want. But, inevitably, “easy” is something other people have — not us.
I checked the bible to see how many times life is described as “easy” and frankly, it’s not. So, at least the bible is telling the truth on that count. Really, in the New American Standard Version, it’s translated from the original languages to the word “easy” four times, and the only thing that is said to be easy is the “yoke” of Christ.
“Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30 NASB
Blogging Benedictine monk writes: “Jesus, drawing on this same image, which would have been well-known in his time, gives it a deeper meaning—obedience under the law of freedom, or Love (see passage above from Matthew), and as we know, God is Love.”
“Obedience under the law of freedom…, or Love…”
I am going to have to think on this a while longer, but here is my initial thought on this.
If we are “obeying” or following the dictates of every other constrictive, legalistic, or self-reliant pursuit of goals (no matter what they may be, good/bad/otherwise), then we are not free and we are not rooted/grounded in the spirit of Christ’s love. Obedience to Christ is hearing him pointing out the way the walk, the word to speak, or the things to let go of or pick up and then doing it.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t always consider doing the right thing, obeying, to be easy. But here’s the thing: God does not ask us to do his job. He only asks us to do our job — obey. If we are to accomplish his good purposes, if we are to fulfill his call, if we are to be lit up inside in such a way that points others to his Light and his Life, then we’ve got to let go of all the outcomes, of self-reliance and pride, and humbly and dependently listen for his voice and his direction. This is the easy part, letting him take responsibility for the outcomes once we’ve submitted to his instruction. It’s just not my job… My job is to let him do his job. I need to do my part, and let him take the rest.