Source: Charisma Magazine – Joyce Meyer
Think serving God is complicated? Here’s how easy it really is—and why that simplicity matters.
Someone I know who’s gone to church for many years asked me, “Don’t you think being a Christian is really hard?” Years ago, I would have said yes. But that was before I learned that serving God is not complicated at all.
We can be complicated and we can complicate serving God. Before I realized this it was easy for me to complicate things, no matter how simple they were.
One time, I planned a simple get-together with hamburgers and hot dogs. But in the week leading up to it, I made it so complicated. We had to clean the house, paint the barbecue pit, plant flowers and buy new lawn furniture. The hamburgers became steaks we couldn’t afford, and by the time everyone came, I was mad about the whole thing.
I’m so thankful that I’ve learned—and am still learning—to keep things simple now. This is something all of us have to apply to our life and relationship with God. If we let our relationship with God get complicated, it’s just not going to work.
Luke 18:17 says, “I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (NIV).
This doesn’t mean if you’re complicated you can’t go to heaven, but it will keep us from living the kingdom life God wants us to experience now. And to enter into that life, we must do it as a little child.
One thing that’s great about children is they pretty much believe what you tell them. And I think that’s one of the best things we can do too. For us, this means we need to read God’s Word, believe it and do it.
Sometimes we can get tripped up at the “believing” step. First, you have to believe the Word above how you feel. Second, you have to believe it above your thoughts. If your thoughts don’t line up with the Word of God, your thoughts are wrong. And third, you have to believe it above what other people say. Even if someone told you for years you weren’t any good, they were wrong and God is right. It’s that simple.
Once you start to embrace this with childlike belief and trust, you’ll experience true freedom in Christ. And when you read Scriptures such as John 8:31-32, you’ll believe that you can have freedom in Christ.
You can be free from so many things and free to do so many things. Here are just a few.