I grew up in a time when most Christians had lists. These lists were never produced it was like an oral tradition passed down through the generations dependent on which church you attended.
On this list there were things like the cinema; make-up; clothes; drink; the Sabbath. The list showed whether someone was a true Christian.
I have never met a joyful legalist only prisoners.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11 v 28-30)
The yoke is the piece of wood that harnesses two animals keeping them closely together moving in the same direction.
Jesus invites those who are weighed down by the numerous rituals, regulations and observances that the interpretations of the Torah inflicted on people, to come and take his yoke. To be harnessed to Him.
My life with Christ calls me not to focus on being what others want me to be, holy, blameless and a good man in order to be acceptable but to be who He has made and continues to make me.
I have found my life with Christ is about Him and not me. I feel free in that.
The yoke of Jesus is easy and light, the yoke of man is difficult and heavy.