The Fight for Simplicity
“. . . let us hold fast our confession.” Hebrews 4:14
The book of Hebrews was written to Christians who had come out of a culture steeped in religion. They recognized Jesus as their Lord and Savior, but as the years passed, these Hebrew Christians were being drawn back to the old religious ways of Judaism. They walked the street where the temple was, they heard the trumpets, they could smell the incense, the memories of their tradition was enticing.
The author of Hebrews writes, “even though it’s tempting, even though traditions have a powerful pull, keep the foundations of your faith basic. Keep it focused, keep it simple. Make sure it’s Jesus, nothing more, nothing less and absolutely nothing else.”
Do you think Jesus gets irritated when you complicate simple trust by returning to your own religious efforts, believing that because you haven’t read your Bible enough, or because you yell at your spouse, or because you haven’t had your morning devotion regularly, that He couldn’t possibly love you? This way of thinking only complicates simplicity.
Do you feel that He gets increasingly fed up with your murmuring, carrying around lousy attitudes and relapsing into carnal tendencies and any day now He will say, “Hey, how long will it take for you to get it right? I’m outta here.”
But, He doesn’t. He remains faithful. He is our faithful high priest. This is the simple truth. He is your great resource. He is able to keep you from falling, able to save you from yourself. He gives us access to the Father.
We have to fight against the need to add to, supplement, or embellish our relationship with Jesus. We must fight against our religious tendencies to improve the simplicity of Jesus. He alone is more than enough.
Take some time today to think about the faithfulness of Jesus, and make it a point to fiercely remove anything that competes with, or complicates, the simplicity of Jesus.