Jesus said his yoke is easy. In my research, most Christians find Christian living to be hard. Very hard.
Christian living is hard because we have never been taught to live the Christian life. We have been taught a lot about the Bible. We know a lot of Bible stories from the Bible. We could give you a lot of Bible facts. We could even throw in a few Greek words and several dates. But, we have never been taught, systematically, step-by-step, how to live the Christian life.
Once transformed, Jesus’ yoke really does become easy.
This is precisely the word Paul uses when he says that we are to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. It is also the word Paul uses in 2 Corinthians 3.18 when he says we are transformed by beholding Christ (ESV). Other passages indicate other ways that God transforms us. Here is a list, that will form the outline for this study:
- Transformed by training
- Transformed by the renewing of your mind
- Transformed by worship
- Transformed in community
- Transformed by habit
- Transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit
- Transformed by imitating a godly example
- Transformed by trying
- Transformed by faith
- Transformed by speaking the truth
- Transformed by pain
- Transformed by Sovereign Grace
Unless we have a working understanding of each of these principles, it will be almost impossible to live the Christian life. It won’t just be hard; it will be impossible.