Complex Simplicity Words easy to spell can be the most challenging to live by.

Posted: July 4, 2015 in Uncategorized

I still remember when God unmistakably spoke to me about going outside of the country on a mission project of some kind. It was 1990 and I knew I would be spending some time during the 1991 summer away from my home which had become too comfortable. Summers in Laramie, Wyoming are the times you are thankful you moved there. I could easily spell the words that came to mind in 1990 but I had no idea of the implications of what they would mean in my life. For the next year the prospect of actually living for 8 weeks with students somewhere away from what I understood well, began to challenge my certainties. It was simple and yet it was becoming complex.

Jesus was walking down the street. There was a blind man and disciples who asked questions (wrong questions). His answer not only stretched their thinking but added confusion to the mix. And then Jesus did something that may have caused them to wonder if they should go get a coffee and try to understand who this was they were following. Jesus spit on the ground, made some type of paste and put it on the blind man’s eyes and told him to go to a pool of water and wash it off. The man did it and for the first time in his life he could see who was talking. The story is in John 9:1-7.

Jesus often tells us something easy to read or hear but as we think about it, it becomes increasingly challenging to live by. We can come to varying wrong conclusions that in our mind justifies not altering our lifestyle. How willing are you and I to allow the simplicity of Jesus’ words to go way below the surface of our thinking and actually act on them regardless of the changes in our lifestyle that we know are necessary? What about taking “make disciples of all nations” and really doing that?

  1. Gregor says:

    As we are about to be moving country, somehow I kind of understand what you mean 🙂

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