Sometimes we make Christianity ‘way more difficult than it needs to be. Rather than complicate things with our manmade rules, we ought to remember the acrostic K.I.S.S. – “Keep it Simple Sweetie.”
If Christianity had but one rule, I believe it might be this – “Follow Jesus.” How simple should that be? That’s the invitation Jesus Himself gave to Simon and Andrew. That’s what He said to Levi, too. “Follow me and be my disciple” (Mark 2:14). And that’s what He says to us.
What does it mean to follow Jesus? It means that we embrace His teachings as found in the Scriptures… We value what He values – people more than material things. We treat others with honor. We seek to serve rather than be served. We forgive even when we don’t feel like it. We humble ourselves and admit our dependency upon God. We put our faith into action. We pray for our leaders, and we carry one another’s burdens. The list goes on, and it’s all good stuff.
Trouble is, we complicate things when we add our own rules or deviate from the path Jesus walked by seeking to satisfy our own selfish desires. For example – “I’ll forgive so-and-so when she changes her attitude toward me,” or “Serve her? You’ve gotta be kidding. She burned me big-time, and I’m not going to make things easy for her by helping her get ahead,” or “Admit my dependency upon God? I don’t think so – that would be to admit weakness, and I’m not going to do that!”
Imagine what the world would look like if we embraced the K.I.S.S. principle in our faith. If we’d set aside our own desires, our own agenda, our own fears and insecurities to follow Jesus wholeheartedly, there’s be a lot more light and salt in this place.
What do the words “follow Jesus” mean to you?