Do you sometimes find yourself craving a bit more simplicity in your life? There is something beautiful about simplicity, whether that’s a simple flower or a simple life lived well.
The simplicity of Jesus draws us in. Jesus prayed simple prayers like, “Be still!” to a storm. Or by simply giving thanks for food before it multiplied to feed over 5000 people. He also told stories with simple, everyday images that everyone knew about – like seeds, grapevines, building houses, silver coins and much more. On encountering Jesus, he asks a question and gives an invitation. First the question, “Who do you say I am?” This is the most important question you could ever answer. Do you believe he is who he claimed to be? The invitation is simple, “Follow me.” Simple, maybe not easy.
To those that choose to follow Jesus, he says walk with me, learn from me, take on a new way of doing things. This is the everyday response to his invitation to follow him. We live in a world that is anything but simple. It’s busy, loud, full, and all-consuming. This probably explains why, however well-intentioned we are and however much we believe Jesus’ words, his voice can get drowned out. Giving Jesus back the space he deserves could look like lots of different things: taking a Sabbath rest each week to give space to stop, rest and hear what he is saying. It could be praying simple prayers, exploring jargon we’ve long used, or praying in a heavenly language. It could be a moment in your day when you stop, take a breath, and wait for his presence and peace to fill you – reaching that place of contentment in him.
Ask the Spirit of Jesus to show you the simplicity of His love and of the life that He has given you. Quite simply, nothing else satisfies.