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Keep It Simple

phoneThe John’s Phone claims to be the world’s most basic cell phone. It has no camera, internet access or ability to send or receive text messages but it can make and receive calls anywhere in the world. Standby time is more than three weeks. The phone’s single ringtone has three volume settings: loud, normal and silent. A nifty address book is built into the back of the device. The manufacturers have kept it simple.

We would do well to keep things simple in the Christian life too. We so easily overcomplicate our faith. Not that the Christian life is easy. Following Jesus can be sticky, bumpy and downright hard. But when things become perplexing, we should remember the basics and keep it simple.

Jesus was a great example of someone who kept things simple. He boiled down the 613 rules of the Mosaic Law into two: to love God and love others (Lk. 10:27). He told Martha that she should cut through the myriad of distractions and focus on one thing: sitting at his feet (Lk. 10:41-42). He wants us to become like a little child, taking his Word to heart in all humility and simplicity (Mat. 18:3).

Living for Jesus can feel complex, especially in our rapidly changing world. But let’s not jettison the simplicity of faith that comes from knowing Jesus and being known by him. Back to the basics means we believe and obey the Bible, die to self and surrender to Christ. Yes, very difficult, but not complicated and in the power of the Spirit not impossible. Praise God.

Keep it simple.