It’s Complicated … or is it?

For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” [1 Corinthians 1:25 NIV]

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We humans, as small and finite as we are, like to complicate things. We seem to have a tendency to make things harder or bigger than they really are. It is not a new problem. When Paul was dealing with the Corinthian church, he came across it. The Greeks wanted salvation to be a little bit more complicated than it was. But, salvation was given as a gift of grace – just believe and receive. To them this was foolishness.

Are we not the same. Something so profound, so simple, as salvation by grace cannot be reconciled in our ever-reasoning heads. We think there must be a hitch, it sounds too good to be true. We want to tangle ourselves up with rules and requirements and conditions, just like the Jews did before Christ came. But it is what it is. Believe. Receive. Saved.

So it is with other aspects of our faith. Healing, deliverance, provision. It is all just as simple as a promise from God. Yet, we try to work so hard to deserve it all. We struggle to earn favour.

But Jesus said, “unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” (see Matt 18:3) What are children like? They believe everything you tell them. They trust. They don’t reason and rationalise. They are innocent and simple in their faith. That is how we need to be. Foolishly wise, or wisely foolish. Simple and unconditional – believe.

Published in: on 20th March, 2012 at 3:46 pm  Comments (2)  
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  1. Oh to leave my childish ways for good, and relish the simpleness of faith and unmerited favour! So good to lean towards the uncomplicated. xx

    • I hear ya. I wish I could scratch out the part of my brain that questions and doubts everything. Thanks Dots. 🙂

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