Uncomplicated – August 19th, 2018

Uncomplicated

I tend to think that it is the culture we live in, but then I’m reminded that it’s just a ‘thing’ about humanity that we have a tendency to make things complicated.  Even the simplest tasks seem to fall into mounds of documented procedures that so often can be accomplished by a few basics.

Let’s simplify things spiritually.


Note from Kip…

Elegance is something that we should try to strive for more. More and more I’m finding that simple and uncomplicated, can frequently be related to reliable and enduring.

We make the mistake in our walk with the Lord to over complicate things on a regular basis, when the Gospel of Jesus Christ is as simple as it can be. The reason for our existence is not a challenging question. And what our purpose in life is His Word speaks volumes on in the most elegant of ways.

No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8 (NLT)

There is our blueprint for living as Jesus would have us Live.

1) Do what is right
2) Love mercy
3) Walk humbly with your God

Salvation

It’s my perception that the bulk of readers are believers. But James said,

You believe that God is one; you do well. The demons also believe — and they shudder.

James 2:19 (HCSB)

Believing in something doesn’t make it real for us. I believe that I could walk a tight rope. I’m convinced that with a little practice and some training, I could do it. But while I have this ‘belief’ and fail to put it into practice, I will never have faith and trust in my belief.  I’ll just have a lurking supposition that I potentially have that ability within my grasp.

Until I put my ‘belief’ into action I will never be a tight rope walker.

The same it is with salvation. We can have the understanding that Jesus saves and He wants to lift us out of our sin and into new life with Him, but until we take that ‘belief’ and put it in action, it doesn’t amount to anything.

For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (HCSB)

We are ‘saved by grace through faith‘. Simple! We just take that belief we have that Jesus died as a complete sacrifice for our sins, invest our trust in that belief and then exercise it, put our belief into action.

It is not until we have made the commitment that we will have yielded our lives to Christ and are truly saved. It is simple, and to make it so, we simply have to step out on the rope.

Why Were We Created?

There are lots and lots of commentaries about scripture and volumes of what the reasons humanity was put here.

It’s as simple as the fact that Jesus loves us. He loved us before we ever took our first breath, before Adam was formed from the dust and Jesus breathed the breath of life into him, giving birth to the first human soul. A piece of God’s own being was the catalyst for giving him life itself.

A mothers love bond to her children is a reflection of the love established by Jesus when He imparted His life into Adam. Prior to that because God is timeless and all knowing, He was intimately aware of this love and that is what propelled his motivation to create us, love!

Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.

Genesis 2:7 (HCSB)

Simple.

What is Our Purpose in Life?

If we understand that the reason for our very existence is predicated on pure unadulterated love, then it is very uncomplicated to understand what our purpose is.

It is simply stated, to love!

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Matthew 22:37-39 (NLT)

The Beatles sang ‘Love Love Love’, and while they had the right concept they were not the author of the idea. God was the one who put this idea out there for us.

He did so in the act of creation. He did by sending His Son to die in our place. He does by abounding love and grace poured out on us daily.

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.”

John 3:16 (HCSB)

So, let’s go back to the first scripture we looked at this morning.

No, O people, the Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8 (NLT)

Elegant!

We are here to love. Love Jesus for what He’s done for us and doing through us, love his mercy and grace. Do what is right because we love Him, we obey His commands (John 14:15).

And finally we ‘walk humbly with’ our God, Jesus Christ.

Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.

Matthew 16:24 (HCSB)

It’s pretty simple stuff. Love God, others, spread His love and grace, take up our cross and follow Him.

We don’t have to dive into the minutia of the details before we understand what the objective is.  God makes that very clear and understandable. He loves us and wishes that we would walk in His love all the time.

It’s uncomplicated.

Blessings,
kip…

 

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