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3 Ways to Live the Easy Life

Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Put My yoke upon your shoulders—it might appear heavy at first, but it is perfectly fitted to your curves. Learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble of heart. When you are yoked to Me, your weary souls will find rest. For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light. –Matthew 11:28-30 (VOICE)

Life has difficult circumstances. There are seemingly impossible situations that threaten to overwhelm you. When you’re going through hard times, you can read verses like these and say, “well, it’s an easier yoke than other things, but just doesn’t seem like it.” Or “this burden is crushing the life out of me, but God says it’s light.”

Because of the painful happenings that you can’t see past, you can begin to make excuses about why you aren’t experiencing Jesus’ words. You pay lip service to this being “truth,” but you end up creating theology out of your excuses. In other words, God said “easy” and “light” but it’s not literal.

It’s often easier to accept whatever comes (even if it’s bad) than to press into the truth.

Back side of woman standing with hands behind head.I looked up these verses in the Greek and easy means,

  1. fit, fit for use, useful
    1. virtuous, good
  2. manageable
    1. mild, pleasant (as opp. to harsh, hard sharp, bitter)
    2. of things: more pleasant

Light means,

  1. light in weight, quick, agile

I don’t know about you, but there have been situations, even recently, that seemed anything but manageable, useful, or good–certainly not pleasant. So is God a liar? Should you complain to God that He’s not living up to His end of the deal by allowing all this junk to happen?

We are to know the truth and allow that truth to set us free (John 8:32)

God is not a liar and He didn’t put the junk on you. So how do you combat the excuses and live in easy and light?

1. Make sure you’re learning from Jesus.

“Come to me,” was only part of the invitation. Jesus also “learn from me.” You can be in the right place and still not be learning what you need to learn (happens in schools all the time). Instead of taking a stance of blame with God, you can humble yourself and ask Him to teach you how to carry you’re momentary, light afflictions.

2. Find His yoke, embrace His Kingdom.

You don’t have to carry everything. There are burdens you aren’t intended to shoulder, but anxiety, fear, doubt, and unbelief will try to dupe you into carrying. Seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33). Guaranteed there is Kingdom He wants to express in your situation. Yoke yourself to Jesus and find it. Carry only that.

3. Let Him show you where it’s leading.

I’m not saying that there won’t be any emotional pain or even physical pain associated with this easy yoke and light burden. No, I’m not contradicting myself and neither is God. Think about childbirth. A mother will endure the pain because she knows what’s coming is better, what’s coming is joy. Reminds me of Hebrews 12:2 talking about how we fix our eyes on Jesus, “the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Even in pain, that yoke was manageable and even pleasant because there was joy on the other side. Press to see Jesus and press to see the joy He’s setting before you.

If my title was a bit misleading, I do apologize. Still, I do believe an easy-yoke-and-light-burden life is available to us. Don’t settle for your excuses. Find the experiential truth in which He designed you to live.

What are your thoughts on this? Agree or disagree? Would you add to this list?


  1. This was a perfect post for me to read. Just to day I was “member caring” a young missionary wife who husband had multitudes of affairs on the field. They worked with them on the field but he would not repent so no recourse was left but to terminate them from their place of service. He still has not repented and has left her high and dry with two small children. Her burden is anything but light. Yet God has beginning to turn her heart to Him more then on the trial. I do believe she will make it and be a better woman and not a bitter one because of what you wrote about. REally good Jason. If she had a computer I would send this to her. Bless you brother.

    • Wow, Betty. That brings it all home. These tests of our faith (even when others sin against us) will define us--either by leaning into the Father or embracing that bitterness. Praying for this woman today and praying for you as you counsel and love her! Bless you in all of it. Thank you, Betty.

  2. Jason, your words spoke powerfully to me tonight. I talked today about my struggles lately with *why* questions, and with wondering why God sometimes doesn’t “fix” things. Burdens can be so heavy at times. And yet, I always end up at the feet of Jesus. And being there, and knowing that He is there with me through everything, makes carrying the burdens so much easier. I especially liked your point #2. Yes, I have often called myself the “emotional burro” in my family. My sensitive heart carries so much. But, I am not meant to do that alone. And striving to do it that way only proves that I am being duped, as you say.

    Thank you for encouraging me with your words, and for that old familiar Scripture. I am leaning into it like never before, and trusting in the Truth that yoked with Jesus, the way is flooded with Light.

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    • Blessings to you, Sharon! I love how God takes scriptures we’ve read a thousand times and fills them with light and life as if we’re discovering it for the first time. I’m with you in trying to carry everything and everyone as if it’s my duty. These words I’m sharing are part of what God is teaching me in these moments. I pray for you and me that we won’t forget and we’ll continue to learn from His humble and gentle heart. Thanks so much.

  3. I so loved reading these encouraging words from you, Jason, first thing this morning. God never promised us that believing in Him would dispel every pain and sorrow, but if we lean on Him and learn from Him, knowing the greatest joy is in our future, I truly believe we can deal with earthly strife. Blessings!
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    • That’s very encouraging to me, Martha. Thank you! He never intends to allow suffering without a purpose. Weeping remains for the night, but joy comes in the morning. He is so good to us! Thanks again.

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