This morning Chris and I were listening to a podcast from Dr. Tony Evans. He was referencing how God has used man throughout the Old Testament as demonstrations of His grace and mercy and for His glory. When Dr. Evans got to Noah, he said Noah had a three-word sermon: “It’s gonna rain.” We laughed at the humor in that statement, but then I got to thinking about the simplicity of the Gospel of Christ and how we tend to overcomplicate it…at least I do!
Paul keeps the message of salvation pretty basic when he writes to the church in Ephesus in Ephesians 2:1-10.
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. (Italics mine)
Granted, there are eight verses in this message but its simplicity is clear. Because of God’s love for us (along with His grace and mercy), He gives us a way to righteousness and a living, breathing relationship with Him that we could not obtain on our own. That’s it. I’m not denying the importance of theology and doctrine…not in least. What I’m trying to point out is how in our quest to share God’s gift with others, it’s easy for us to allow our own human fallacy to permeate it and overcomplicate it to the point that it becomes a set of rules and regulation and we leave the relationship out of it. That message, the one of R and R (rules and regulations) it is what a lot of unbelievers are opposed to. I believe the building of relationships is what draws people in along with sharing of the love that God has so richly blessed us with. Once in a relationship with Christ, like all of us, their eyes are opened to the error of their ways and they long to change them. Jesus said it Himself in John 14:15: “If you love Me, you will keep my commands.” Pretty basic and simple.
Looking back on this post, I feel as though I have done what I set out not to do…overcomplicate. My prayer is that whomever is reading this will get the message God would have them receive…that it would be simple and without confusion. Pray that God will give you ways to live out your faith in a complete, yet uncomplicated way. That is my prayer for myself and you!