The other day in one of my men’s groups a question came up that I have been thinking a lot about lately. The question was, “Don’t you think being a Christian is really hard?” Years ago, before I stepped over the faith line, I would have answered with a resounding yes. But that was before I learned that serving God is not complicated at all.
We are the ones who are complicated and we are the ones who complicate serving God. Before I realized this simple fact, it was so easy for me to complicate things, no matter how simple the task was.
I’m so thankful that I’ve learned, and am still learning, to keep things simple. This is something all of us need to apply to our lives and our relationship with God. If we let our relationship with God get too complicated, it just won’t work.
The book of Luke makes this idea crystal clear.
Luke 18:17 (HCSB)
17 I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.
Children are pretty good at keeping things simple and that seems to be something we lose as we get older. Now, this does not mean if you’re complicated you can’t go to heaven, but it will keep us from living the kingdom life God wants us to experience right now. To experience a bit of this kingdom life (what life in heaven will be like), we must do it as a little child. In my case, a BIG child.
One thing that’s really cool about children is they pretty much believe what you tell them. I think that is one of the best things that we can do too. For us, this means we need to read God’s Word, believe it, and do it.
Sometimes we can get tripped up at the believing step. First, you have to believe the Word above how you feel. Second, you have to believe it above your own thoughts. If your thoughts don’t line up with the Word of God, your thoughts are wrong. And third, you have to believe it above what other people say. Even if someone told you for years that you weren’t any good, they were wrong and God was right. It really is that simple.
We can wear ourselves out trying to impress each other and trying to figure things out, but God is simply calling us to come to Him as a child. No matter what the situation is, how we feel, what we think or what others may say, we need to be able to say, “You know, this may not make any sense, but I simply believe God.”
Remember that serving God isn’t complicated. You just need to read His Word, believe it and do it. I promise that it’s works every time. It’s that simple.