The word for this week is 'SIMPLICITY'.
In a world that seems to move at the equivalent of the speed of light, it's difficult at times to enjoy much of anything we are running back and forth to experience. Simplicity can be difficult in a world that's filled with complex beliefs, complex business opportunities and complex relationships.
I am reminded of the wisdom of one noted author many years ago who stated, "You just need to simplify your life." Easily said but is that even possible in 2018?
God says it is possible and encourages His children to conduct themselves in this complex world in a more simplified manner. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 1:12--"For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world insimplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you."
The world system of Satan attempts to immerse each of us in busyness. Often the result is emptiness. As I was made aware of on Sunday in small group bible study, consumerism can be controlling and counterproductive as it pertains to God's purpose for us. The love of 'more' robs many, if not most of what God provides to sustain our life. Michael Kelly brought out this point in the lesson Sunday--"We have a 'natural' tendency to evaluate God's blessing and opinion of us based on our circumstances. But the ultimate measure of God's love is not our health, our wealth or even our prosperity: It's the cross."
The gospel of Jesus that produces life abundant and life eternal is NOT about what you do or don't do, what you've accomplished or haven't accomplished. It's most definitely not about what you have or don't have. It's about faith IN Jesus and learning to be content IN Him.
As I learn to love Him more, I will leave more of the world and what it promises on the shelf. I don't need it and I definitely don't need ALL that comes with it! I soon discover that I don't even want it. Christ is sufficient and that simplifies things in a complex world.
Christ in me, the hope of glory remains the simplest and most sincere way to conduct ourselves in this world!
When you get tired of the chaos of the 'rat race' of chasing the wind (Ec. 1:14), trust Jesus and embrace simplicity. You'll discover that you have more time to breathe and enjoy His best!
God's best to you this week!
1 Corinthians 15:58