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  • Writer's pictureAlan Fong

The Simplicity in Christ

Today's Verse:

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. ~2 Corinthians 11:3

 

A few years ago, I needed to repair a leaky showerhead in my home. The source of the leak was a cartridge that needed to be replaced behind the shower handle. I am not a handyman, but I decided I wanted to do this project myself and not pay exorbitant fees to a plumber. After speaking with someone at Lowe’s and researching “do-it-yourself” videos on YouTube, I found a repair video that made this repair process simple to do. I was delighted we could get this done without it becoming complicated. Sometimes, we can make the Christian life complicated. The plethora of information that is available for us to read and consider sometimes strains our thinking and makes us think that things have to be harder than they need to be. This morning, our devotion calls upon us to consider the simplicity that is in the Lord Jesus Christ.


Salvation is not complicated.

Satan is an angel of light who seeks to blind the minds of those who have not believed in the truth of the gospel. False teachers and false religion mislead an unsaved person to think that performing good works or religious ceremonies are necessary for God’s demands for sin to be satisfied. However, God did not make salvation something that we have to work for. Salvation is the free gift of God! Salvation is simply repentance towards God and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Paul said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.” Salvation is having the faith of a little child. Salvation is not complicated.


Serving is not complicated.

Everyone can serve the Lord. All of us have one or more spiritual gifts that God has given to us for the benefit of the local church. We should be using this gift to exhort and build up the body of Christ. There are serving gifts and speaking gifts. Serving the Lord requires involvement: involvement of our time, our effort, and our care. God’s church is always in need of laborers. Serving means we need to be available. Serving means we do it with joyfulness. Serving the Lord is not complicated.


Surrender to God’s perfect will is not complicated.

In Romans 12:1-2, we are to present our bodies as a living sacrifice to God. This is our reasonable service. The fact that God has been so merciful in saving us is a compelling motivation to dedicate who we are to God. When we are in God’s will, we are in the best place that we can be for our life. God’s will is that we do those things that please Him. When we are not in God’s will, we make things very complicated and lose sight of what God wants to do through us. Surrendering to God’s will is simply saying, “Here am I, Lord.” It does not have to be complicated.


Soulwinning is not complicated.

All of us can give a gospel tract and invitation to someone who is not saved and does not attend church. We can introduce an unsaved person to our church to hear the gospel. We can use the plan of salvation on the back of a tract to explain to an unsaved person how to be saved. We can introduce an unsaved person to the pastor or qualified spiritual leader in our church to help explain the gospel to our family and friends. Soulwinning is not complicated.


Don’t let the trends of our society, the latest fads, the false religions, and the voices of people we know make the things of the Lord complicated. Let him that glorieth glory in knowing the Lord and giving Him glory alone.


Have a simple God Morning!


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