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Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Beautiful Simplicity!

Isn't the gospel message beautiful?! Amazing, astounding, compelling, wonderful, fantastic...i could go on.

But so simple too!

'Ask, and it shall be given to you...'

We want Jesus in our lives? We simply ASK! We want eternal life? We simply ASK!

Nothing could be simpler.

And yet, we make it hard. In our disbelief that something that amazing could be that simply free we make it difficult. We make it complicated.

We try to earn our way to God. We repeatedly ask for forgiveness for the same thing, never quite believing God forgot it when we first repented. We become proud. We become hypocrites. We push a wedge between us and our loving heavenly Father.

WHY?! In reading through Luke 11 -12:12 tonight I was struck by a number of things. The thing that's struck me most whenever i've read that passage before is how plain stupid the crowds and the pharisees appear! They frustrate me so much, by completely missing the point! JESUS, the son of God, is standing before them and still they just don't see it! They don't see the simplicity, they don't believe he's who he says he is.

But tonight what struck me was how often i become like one of them. How often i forget the beautiful simplicity of the gospel. How often i completely miss the point. The amazing grace with which i'm saved. Grace which is from God. Not works which are from me. Grace. Plain, simple, but AMAZING GRACE!!!

Praise God. He is SO worthy to be praised! Oh may i continue to live in Grace, never forgetting it, never making it more complicated than it has to be, and always giving glory to my father in heaven.



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