Everyone is seeking simple.
We want simple meals. We want simple home decor ideas. We turn off the cable and land lines to simplify our monthly bills. We limit the family’s extracurricular activities in an effort to simplify our calendars.
We cut back.
We say, “no.”
Yet, if we are honest, nothing about life seems simple. What are we doing wrong?
Here’s the thing. Nothing about life is simple. It’s dang hard for everybody. Families are complicated. Ministry is messy. Parenting is exhausting. Loving others well can make a body weary. There is loss and heartache and brokenness everywhere. The fact is that God never offered us a simple life. He never really even suggested that we pursue it.
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation…” – Mark 16:15
Go to the whole world. Share the gospel with all of creation. That is not exactly a call to live the simple life.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:27
Look after orphans. Take care of widows. Keep yourself from being stained by this world. There’s nothing simple about those instructions. They are pretty clear, but certainly not simple.
When life gets a little messy, that’s when we find ourselves attempting to simplify. People become a little too much work. The drama gets a little too much and, suddenly, it’s, “Katy, bar the door,” and I’ll just be here in the comfort of my living room watching public television if anyone needs me.
God said, “Go.”
Paul said, “Expect some pain.”
Jesus said, “They didn’t like me and they won’t you.”
How’s that for simple?
Don’t seek simple. Seek Jesus.