Come, Follow Me
- Sheldon Clowdus
Why do we make the Christian life so complicated?
I think Jesus intended to make our walk with Him fairly simple. (Don't mistake simple for easy. A genuine walk with God will be extremely difficult, just not complicated.) His call to His disciples was a hard to misinterpret (or ignore) "Come, follow Me."
What strikes me about our tendency to over-complicate our walk with God is the way we make mountains out of spiritual molehills while all the while ignoring the actual mountains. So while we split churches and end friendships over matters such as worship style, drinking alcohol, and which programs to use, we seem to have no issues with neglecting the clear commands of scripture that pertain to ourselves and our churches.
One example that has been brought to my mind recently is James 1:27.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.James is telling us that ministering to orphans and widows is pure and undefiled religion in God's eyes. These are people who have no standing, no way to give us anything in return for our aid to them. To see His children become ministers of the gospel to people like this is extremely pleasing to God.
But when is the last time your church had serious discussions about how to bring the gospel to these people? How much time have you spent asking this question to yourself?
One other thing to keep in mind. Our call to the down-trodden and "least of these" people of the world is not just to meet their physical needs. It is not enough to provide food, clothes, money, and shelter to those who need it. We are called to bring the gospel to them. It does no good (none at all) to ease the hunger pains of a man and not tell him of the Bread of Life or to quench his thirst and not tell him of the Living Water.
Stop making your Christian life so complicated. Search the scriptures for what moves the heart of God, for what He has commanded you to do, and get about doing those things through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Be light, be salt, be the ambassador for the kingdom God intends for you to be.
Go, follow Him.