The Christian faith is simple. I’m convinced of it.
I don’t believe you need to be a scholar to be able to understand the Bible.
I don’t believe you need to be a genius to obey God.
I don’t believe you need to be a great communicator to pray or to tell your story of what Jesus has done for you.
Yet so often we over-complicate things so much that I think many of us are still battling through the weeds and tangles of traditional religion, trying to decipher what is key and what isn’t key in having a relationship with God. And as a result, I believe we water down our message, diluting it by adding extra requirements that even God doesn’t require.
Most of us would agree that we are saved by faith. That our works don’t save us and that only because of what Jesus did on the cross can we approach God with confidence as a child of God. So why, after we ‘get saved’, after that first commitment, why do we then think that our ongoing journey of salvation can be achieved through works?!
Paul said it plainly in Gal 3:3, that what was begun by the Spirit is NOT completed by efforts of the flesh.
You don’t have to perfect yourself.
All you have to do is believe that He who saved you because of your faith (Gal 2:16), will finish what he started BY YOUR FAITH in Him. And once we realise that truth, the rest will come naturally… Obedience, generosity, service, sacrifice, surrender… They all become a RESPONSE to the goodness of God, not something we do to earn His goodness.
Question: What are your thoughts? How have you complicated faith in Jesus? Do you think it really is that simple?