Simplicity in Christ
Job 32: 6And Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered and said, I am young, and ye are very old; wherefore I was afraid, and durst not shew you mine opinion. 7I said, Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom. 8But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
1 Timothy 4 12Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
2 Corinthians 11 3But 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.
Do you ever feel that Christianity is, quite frankly, complicated? Me too. I often wondered how fishermen and tax collectors and other lowly commoners could have had such a powerful presence in the early church when they were clearly so ignorant. After all, today it takes seminary degrees, and theological commentaries and sundry other items to get a simple point across to a group of individuals. (And these simple points, by the way, none of us agree on.)
How is it that God calls the lowly and the base, yet we teach engineer-style Christianity? It seems like the same kind of engineer that writes the unfollowable instructions for my children’s toys instructs us in the ways of Christ as well.
But, what if when you received Christ you became qualified to share Him as well? What if when you received the Holy Spirit you also gained access to His power to be victorious in this life and, despite age or experience, be an example of the faith to all who are looking? Would that change the way you interacted with others? Would it change the confidence you had toward Christ and others.
Sure you might not be able to discuss exegetical terms and hypothesize about God making rocks bigger than Himself, but if you have accepted Christ and experienced His love, you are qualified. Freely you’ve received Freely give.
You’ve received Christ
Are you giving Him away as well?