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The Secret of the Easy Yoke

by Robert J. Young
©, 2002, Robert J. Young
[permission is given to reprint with credit noted]

"Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and you shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." (Matt. 11:29-30)

G. K. Chesterton said, "Christianity has not so much been tried and found wanting, as it has been found difficult and left untried." Yet John wrote, "His commands are not burdensome" (1 John 5:13 NIV). In the religious world of our culture, being a Christian is either so easy as to be totally undemanding, or so difficult that the "cost of discipleship" is constantly stressed and stressing. Which shall it be? Kierkegaard suggests there is also a cost of non-discipleship: "It costs a man just as much or even more to go to hell than to come to heaven."

Here is the truth of the matter. Because we do not have, or better, do not use, the strength God desires and provides in walking the Christian walk, Jesus' commandments are extremely burdensome and difficult. So difficult is Christianity that some Christians give up, or at least cannot believe Jesus was serious when he called men to follow him, counting the cost and paying the price. Many cannot find any congruence between Jesus' ideal and the reality of experience.

Numerous false views result.

The secret of the easy yoke is to live for him every hour of every day. Christianity is not only for Sunday. Such a training schedule is inadequate for the rigors of life--to meet sin head on, expending every human effort while depending upon God's gracious power for being and keeping saved is an "always activity." Daily training is required.

Spiritual Training--the Secret of the Easy Yoke!

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