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The simplicity that is ours in Christ is not the exact wording Scripture offers since the apostle Paul voiced his misgivings when he said the following,
“But I am afraid that, even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his cunning, your minds may be corrupted and led away from the simplicity of [your sincere and] pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Cor 11:3 AMP)
If our Christian life does not always appear to be that easy or simple, maybe, there is a reason why we sometimes struggle so much. This Bible verse above suggests that our focus might turn out to be the root cause of our conflicts. As an illustration, let us think for a moment about a small baby that has just started to explore the life in which it was born. During their first year on earth, babies seem to be intrigued by everything and everyone that comes into view. With big round eyes they gaze at whomever and whatever could be looked at. And how very long they can stare at the object observed! If they watch a human being keeping eye contact with them, they will often start to smile in an irresistible way at that. 😊
To keep this post as simple and as short as possible, 😉 I only want to mention that our walk with God in Christ should be as simple as a baby’s outlook on life. So often we are tempted to think problems (real or imaginary) over and over again, from any human perspective that comes to mind. But sometimes God’s solution for our very concern lies in a completely different realm, a realm of which we might not have thought at all. The reason for our “blindness” toward the proper solution often times springs from not knowing God’s plan for our lives. He knows the future and what will happen next. We don’t. Therefore, faith and confidence in God’s perfect provision is what we might need the most.
Recently, I found a both simple and, to me, intriguing quote from T. Austin-Sparks. In particular, it was the first paragraph below that jumped right out on me as to its simplicity AND inherent truth. TAS said,
The Holy Spirit can reveal Jesus Christ in our hearts as to every detail in our lives. And only in the measure in which the Holy Spirit reveals Jesus Christ to us does He solve also, at the same time, all our problems; because the answer to all our problems is Jesus Christ.
“For Paul Christ was the unveiling of a heavenly world. From the time he saw the Lord the earthly order of things had gone for him. It was gone with the crucified One, and for ever set aside. The Risen One meant “all things new.” In Him everything was raised to a new life, and that life was the perfect expression of the Son of God Himself. He was the measure, the fulness of all things. Everything has to be according to Him; everything has to be a reflection of Himself. Paul has accepted in all its consequences the separating line which God had drawn on the Cross between himself and the old world. “The world is crucified to me…
Returning to the baby that is just exploring its new life on earth, I believe what we all need to do is the same on a spiritual level. We ought to more and more look in every given situation at the One Who created us all.
“But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor 3:16-18 ESV)
May God give us eyes to see Who He really is and what is ours in Christ.