You remember what Jesus said:
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry. Matthew 10:28-30 NET
Some seem to think that after becoming a Christian things get cushy and comfy. Think again. It’s probably no coincidence that the Lord says this after those hard-to-swallow instructions for the limited commission in chapter 10, — many of which carry over into the Great Commission — like getting thrown out into the world like sheep in the midst of wolves, like his coming to bring a sword not peace, and brother delivering up brother.
Then right after Jesus’ invitation to his yoke, we get the big controversy about the Sabbath. Sounds like a tempest in an teapot to us, but the tightened regulations of the rabbis lay at the center of Jesus’ differences with them.
Before the yoke invitation, Jesus mentions in chapter 10 that he will be called Beelzebul; then, right afterwards, it happens that they accuse him of casting out demons by Beelzebul’s name. Coincidence?
All that to say, we ought to beware making that yoke invitation into something it’s not.
Part of this “easiness” is the gospel versus the law-keeping, the burden of the Sabbath soothed by the freedom of the Spirit. But part, also, may just be in the swap of the world’s burdens and conflicts for the suffering for Jesus in his train, the yoking of our lives to his, of our interests to the Kingdom, of our hopes to his plan.
Compared to the pagan pursuit of stability, security, and happiness, the seeking after God’s kingdom and justice are a piece of cake, notwithstanding the persecutions, rejections, and slanders for his name. Add to that truth that those afflictions are light and fleeting next to eternal possessions.
That’s why his yoke is easy.