Many of the religious rulers of Christ's day were fixated on the ten commandments (Exodus 20:1-17), and based their inflated egos on how closely they could follow "the law." What did Christ say about their ridged hearts and self-righteousness image?
"For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven."(Matthew 5:20)
Simply following a rule list does not "cut it." Jesus wants us to be righteous, so that our hearts may wish to please God by possessing a longing to fulfill what God desires for us. Jesus added "Grace" (from Matthew22:37-39) to "The Law" (10 commands ) when "Jesus replied:
Jesus stated that his yoke is light in Matthew 11:29-30. Following God should not be overwhelming. As a Born Again Christian, there is a reason God does not instantly reveal one's life plan. God allows us to seek his plan in tiny pieces so that we may be grateful in our relationship with him rather than dread it because we are overwhelmed. Like a student, our role is to listen and learn. God's role is to determine our lesson plan and rate of learning.