Alas, sinful nation, people weighed down with iniquity (Isaiah 1:4 NASB)
If we are knowingly and consistently disobeying God in a certain area of our life, we have spiritual weight we need to lose (see James 4:17). Do you believe it’s harder to obey Christ then to follow Him? Then you are calling your Savior a liar because He said, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30). No matter how hard you think it would be to say “No” to a certain sin for the rest of your life, giving it up will actually make your whole life easier.
The commands of Christ’s yoke are designed to protect you from everything that looks and feels good, but that actually sucks real life from you. He knows that the lingering pain of guilt and consequences is greater than the passing pleasure of any sin. Did disobedience bless Eve’s life like the devil promised her? Your sin will prove to be a curse to you as well, my friend.
That is why God has helped you recognize your sin, and wants you to release it, and replace it with obeying Him. Yes, you have the freedom to sin, but you also have the freedom to be free. “It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. . . . For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another” (Galatians 5:1, 13 NASB; see Hebrews 12:1).
In what area of your life do you need to lose weight by letting go of your yoke of bondage, and putting on Christ’s yoke of blessing—living to serve Him and others, instead of your sin?