Jesus was always simplifying. Into the complex he spoke the Sermon on the Mount. Throughout Matthew 5-7 he invites me into the simplicity of happiness, witness, righteousness, relationships, giving, praying, serving, trusting and obeying. He cuts through the complexities we have created by giving me one focus, aim, source and Lord.
Happiness results from a vibrant, intimate relationship with Christ. My witness is about Christ. My righteousness is from Christ. My relationships are formed around Christ. I give in response to Christ’s giving. I pray as patterned by Christ. I serve Christ. I trust solely in Christ. I obey to be like Christ. Simply said, For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Philippians 1:21.
Jesus prayed nothing less for us than absolute oneness with Himself, just as He was one with the Father. (Chambers)
Oneness simplifies relationship. God will not leave me alone until I am one with Him— because Jesus prayed, “…that they all may be one….” (John 17:21)
In trouble, he is there (Psalm 91:15). In times of battle, I am more than conquerors…” (Romans 8:37). God’s love continue to hold fast, even when everyone and everything around me seems to be saying that His love is a lie. Because of the love of God in Christ Jesus “Out of the wreck I rise” every time (Chambers). Simple truths.
I can make attitudes complicated as well; the simple truth is in Philippians 2:5, You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Only then can I remain untroubled by storms, and undismayed by bereavement because my God is faithful.
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Matthew 6:33 in a setting of anxious-free living, a simple teaching. Put the kingdom of God first and everything else falls into place; put anything else first and all falls apart. Jesus taught that His disciple must make his relationship with God the dominating focus of his life, and to be cautiously carefree about everything else in comparison to that (Chambers).
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved, he who keeps you will not slumber. (Psalm 121:1–3)
Even during the most trying and difficult, I can look up and beyond to my Lord. Two great truths: one is that God is a mighty Creator over all the problems of life; the other is that God never sleeps. I can live without worry because I have a person who can and will take my cares and tirelessly and unceasingly deal with them. Profound yet simple.
Lord, you are the great simplifier. Relationships, rescue in times of trouble, restoration, deliverance from worry, everything is simplified in you. So, come Lord Jesus into my daily living. May I walk with you in simplicity.