One my mentors said this once, and it’s always stuck with me. Jesus isn’t hard to understand, He’s just hard to follow. That’s one of those statements that’s alway just kind of hung there with me. Forgiving your enemies isn’t complicated. It’s just hard to do, and something we can’t do apart from Him.
The Gospel isn’t necessary complicated. It’s actually simple. Listen to what Paul writes today in 1 Corinthians 2: 1-2:
When I came to you, brothers and sisters, I did not come proclaiming the mystery of God to you in lofty words or wisdom. 2 For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified.
When Paul comes to Corinth to preach, he says this – I will preach this simple message. Jesus loves and died for us so that we could be brought back home to God. He didn’t preach anything overly complicated or mysterious, just the simple word of God.
First, the Gospel at its core really is simple. We are all broke and in need of saving. God sent His son to die our sins and brokenness so that we could be saved. By accepting Him and following Him, we will know life now and life forever. We need Him, He came to us, He brings us to Himself.
We can debate lots of stuff about the Bible. Lot’s of stuff about faith. Lots of stuff about everything. But this core, simple message of our need for God and the efforts He went through to save us, that’s the very heart of the Gospel.
That’s the simple message that Paul preached.
And second, is this. It’s easy to worry about and fuss over the mysteries. We can debate them all day long. But here’s what I really believe. I believe that God is not as worried about what we don’t know, as He is worried about what we do know, and what we do about it.
Do we know all the mysteries? No. None of us do. But we do know this. We are called to love and to follow Jesus with all that we are. We are called to forgive. To serve. To be faithful. To show grace.
We don’t know the mysteries. But we do know these simple things.
Today, do we focus on what divides us the things that we don’t understand? Or do we focus on the simple truths of God and live into those?
Today, may we keep it simple.
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