It’s Monday Grace!
“Tis the gift to be simple, ’tis the gift to be free”
Whatever happened to simple faith? The old Shaker song reminds us that simplicity brings joy and freedom. We love to try to control things, even the things of our faith. But, when we do that, we make those things complicated and twisted. Little in church is simple these days.
You see, I think we ought to be able to go to worship the Lord with other believers for a time apart from this crazy world. There are so many stresses and expectations, so many pains and worries, out there. In the church, simple love and grace should be the order of things.
That means we don’t compare, we don’t criticize. If we disagree, that’s okay. Most of what we believe is far beyond our understanding anyway. Let the Lord know things we don’t. Let Him deal with the mysteries and puzzles of theology and doctrine. And let us love Him and each other.
Sounds simple, doesn’t it? Sounds good.
Jesus loves me, this I know.
How about that? Isn’t that enough?
My goal is to have a church centered on and focused on Jesus alone. Surely we will have doctrine. We will study the Bible and pray and learn. But the message of grace tells me that Jesus has already done all the work and given me all the gifts. I don’t need anything but Him.
I truly believe that there will be no comparisons in Heaven. We will finally understand that everything we have has been a gift from our Lord. We will realize that we all struggled, we all failed, and we all got there because of Jesus alone. Not one of us will be able to claim superiority or be accused of being inferior.
If there was ever a time to restore the simplicity of our faith, this is it. We are too much divided on foolish questions we cannot answer and style issues we will never settle. The people of God are called to have one mind and heart, that of Jesus.
Whenever I think of this, I am reminded of the man who was born blind in John 9. Jesus healed him, and everyone wanted to know the details. They wanted doctrine and practices and answers. But the simple man said, “All I know is that once I was blind and now I can see.” Jesus did it, and that’s enough.
Jesus loved us enough to reach into our lives and save us. Now He still loves us. The goal of our lives, both as individuals and as churches, is to follow Him. Just to be with Him.
It really is that simple.