I am amazed at our capacity to confuse things. I was scanning Youtube for examples of the old “Rube Goldberg” method of engineering. You know, the idea of “over-engineering.” Of creating something complicated from something that is so simple.
You get my idea. But far too often, this is what we do with our faith. Yet, Luke described the early church by saying,
“Day after day they met by common consent in the Temple; they broke bread together in their homes, sharing meals with simple joy” (Acts 2:46).
It is not complicated or demanding or require much study and research. But rather, it is enjoyed with simple joy! Even Paul encouraged us by saying,
“Just as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so go on living in him — [Oh! How?] in simple faith. [Huh?] Grow out of him as a plant grows out of the soil it is planted in, becoming more and more sure of the faith as you were taught it, and your lives will overflow with joy and thankfulness” (Colossians 1:6).
What great imagery: “As a plant growing out of the soil.” Wow! Stop and think about that. Does a plant worry or fret about having a beautiful blossom? What about how straight their stem and how nice and green its leaves are? Nope. It doesn’t even worry about the condition of the soil or the amount of rain it receives. It simply blooms where it is planted!
“Live in Him in simple faith.” I have exasperatedly and continually complained how we so love to complicate our faith. The other day I had a brother explain it so simply when he said,
“When a child wants to color, we simply give them crayons and paper. We don’t hold their hands and direct their coloring, We just let them color. So it is with our Father”
I have a dear friend who is continually asking for prayer for one thing or another. It could be his back, his teeth, his aunt Millie and cousin Andrew. But sometimes, you just want to hear a praise report on how our Father intervened or how he was able to use the Word of God to obtain victory! Now, understand that this brother has a deep love for our Savior and the Scriptures, yet just can’t find the joy in his Salvation.
Once, while reading the Scriptures, he was almost paralyzed with fear of a possible judgment and being rejected. Fortunately, another brother displayed great wisdom and asked this perplexed believer to deny the Lord. “Go ahead, and say that Jesus is not Lord.” Almost in tears, the troubled one declared, “Oh, I could never do that!” Then the wise questioner stated, “Then there is no question: you are saved! No one but someone born of God could make that statement!”
My dear and precious friends, our Father greatly desires that we live our lives to the fullest. Our Savior bled for our redemption. He knew we could never do it, so He willingly paid for our Salvation. The fullness of this Redemption stretches forward and settles our eternity. No questions asked. Because of that act, we now have the Spirit of God indwelling this life of ours – now, today, it is not something we receive once we die. No, we are empowered, the void in our lives has been filled and He has promised to never leave. His heart is bent for us, and He is compassionate. No matter what happens in our lives, we are secure.
Yet, we still continue to complicate our life with worry. Doubt. Fear. Anxiety. We fret over even the littlest things. We fight and struggle when the purpose of His pain was to set us free. We no longer have to tangle with such things.
Please, begin to find and live with His gift of grace.
Father, please forgive me for minimizing your act of Redemption and Restoration. Help me to live in the strength and power and freedom of your Presence. Every day of my life! Help me to let go of everything that complicate my faith.
Go ahead and shout, “Amen!” and begin to live peacefully and victoriously!
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