Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Simplicity of Christ!

2 Corinthians 11:3 But 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.

There is much to be said about this scripture but today I want to focus on the last few words, "the simplicity that is in Christ".   Christ's gift of salvation was provided to us with a very simple set of instructions.

First we must understand we are all sinners, guilty of the sins of the flesh despite our every effort to love the Lord.  Romans 3:23 reveals to us that all have sinned and fall short of God's glory.  Stop trying to be perfect, stop believing that perfection is a requisite for salvation, and understand our struggle against the sins of the flesh are a natural part of our journey through this life.

Second, recognize that Christ is the son of God and that he died so you and I can have the gift of salvation through his unconditional love.  It is by his grace and not our works that we have access to salvation.  The Bible says, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, [Jesus Christ], that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  Jesus said, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” — a complete life full of purpose (John 10:10).

Finally, repent from your sins and seek the Lord and you will be blessed.  Luke 3:19 tells us, "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord". How awesome, all we need to do is repent to sincerely turn away, in both the mind and heart, from self to God.  A sincere turning away from that which we know is wrong to that which is righteous under God's word.  But the best part is our sincerity is rewarded with a refreshing from the Lord, a renewed feeling of oneness with God which completes us.

Yes, Christ's plan is a simple one but we often forget that important detail.  If we simply recognize him as our Lord, sincerely repent for the mistakes we make, and live within his word we have salvation.  If we practice the word then we become living proof of his immense love and compassion for others. Please remember that living for Christ is not so complicated, he made it so simple!  Just a little advice to go!

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