It’s Not Complicated


Today I read that the IRS tax manual is now over 70,000 pages! Why is it we tend to over-complicate life? Even when it comes to church, we can tend to think just in terms of policies, committees, events, meetings, goals, and budgets. Organization is necessary, but we can get so bogged down that we forget why we’re in the church in the first place. Jesus died on the cross and shed His blood so that we might experience a new birth, and enter into His family (the church). Our personal callings are different, but the mission remains the same. As part of Jesus’ church, we are all called to be His witnesses. A witness doesn’t need to be complicated or impressive, but just needs to share the truth. The Apostle Paul was greatly educated, but everywhere he went, he centered on sharing with others the message of Christ and Him crucified. Yes, he taught on other dynamics of the Christian life (read Romans, for example), but he always came back to the basic facts of the Gospel. There were many times Paul’s witnessing got him into trouble, but he never stopped. One time, after Paul was almost killed by an angry mob, the Lord came to him at night and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.” (Acts 23:11) Let’s receive the courage God wants to give us, in order to tell others the simple truth of the Gospel. In this world of so many voices calling out for our attention, people can feel confused and pulled in a thousand different directions. The testimony of Jesus gets others to think about the most important thing in life: being right with God! Once the “center” is established, all else makes sense. Be intentional. Pray for opportunities to witness. Be prepared. Keep the Scriptures and good literature with you to give to hungry hearts. You can do this—it’s not too complicated. Jesus said, “You will be my witnesses.” (Acts 1:8b)

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