Monday, August 8, 2011

K.I.S.S. - Keep it simple sweetheart!

Paul wrote an amazing letter to the Romans, and in the very first few lines he expressed a passion for sharing the "Good News" with everyone. He then went on to say what the good news was, in a nutshell. It didn't require a 40 minute sermon and an alter call afterwards. He said simply "The Good News is about his Son... and he was shown to be the Son of God when he was raised from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Romans 1:3-4) He kept it simple. I think today we have a habit of complicating the gospel. Because we think in these complicated terms, we can feel reluctant to share it with others. I think Satan loves the complicated version, because then we can often feel inadequate to share it with others. He also loves it because he is the author of confusion and likes it when the Good News cannot be grasped by those who need it.

Grace is pretty simple. The concept is pretty simple, but it has been complicated by legalism and theological arguments. My daughter gave her life to Jesus when she was 6 years old. I doubt the other child who shared Jesus with her filled her head to the brim with religious jargon. Jesus got it right when he said: "Then he said, “I tell you the truth, unless you turn from your sins and become like little children, you will never get into the Kingdom of Heaven." (Matthew 18:3) The people we speak to about Jesus need to be child-like. Children can't grasp theological theory, all they can understand is the basics, and the simple version. Forget the technicalities. They are no help to you when you are sharing the gospel.

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Not everyone understands the complicated version of the gospel and all the theological interpretations of Christ's sacrifice, but EVERYONE understands that someone loves them. We don't have to tell them everything all at once, they will find out all that later on as they attend church and read their bible. It's the simple Gospel of Jesus and his love, and his gift to us that wins souls, not the complicated, argumentative confusing to the listener Gospel.

Paul has made it so easy that anyone can do it. If a child can lead my child to Jesus, surely we can lead people to Jesus with the simple truth. So when the opportunity arises to share the gospel, don't shrink away because it's all to hard. Just keep it simple sweetheart!

MY PRAYER
Father, thank you for showing me the simpleness of something that has grown to be so complicated!! Even though I'm not much of an evangelist, please give me confidence to share, and the right words to say to the right people who come across my path. Help me remember what Paul said "Thought Christ, God has given us the privilege and authority to tell... everywhere what God has done for them..." Romans 1:5

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