the simplicity of Christ, alone….

Pauls words…. “I am afraid that ……….your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 11:3

The main thing about following Jesus is to see that the main thing remains the main thing. That is what Paul is saying. The main thing is simple, uncluttered commitment to Christ. I have noticed over a few years of observation that when faith becomes complicated, it is always a sign that it is drifting away from the reality of faith. The world around us is getting evermore complex, and it is because it is drifting farther and farther from God. Look around at the world of nature, and you can see the simplicity of God’s design everywhere. He builds the year around four seasons that repeat themselves and never fail. Yet that simple pattern of four seasons contains within it all the possible variations of weather. When faith becomes complex, beware that it doesn’t depart from Christ.

That is what Paul is concerned about here. When you ask yourself just what that simplicity is that he is talking about, the answer from everywhere in the Word of God, is the daily companionship of the Lord Jesus. As Thomas à Kempis, states in The Imitation of Christ, “By two wings is man lifted above earthly things, even by simplicity and purity. Simplicity ought to be in the intention, purity in the affection.”

Are we getting side-tracked by the superficial and the secondary? How do you and I better return to the exquisite simplicity of life with Jesus?

Father, grant that I may walk close to Jesus and not let anything take me away from the sweet moment-by-moment companionship of His presence.