Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Time to Simplify!

What I am about to say may be the simplest thought I have had in the past 3 months, and because of that I feel that it would be extremely necessary to share with others. A simple thought? You probably don't have time to read one of those; Why waste your time? I mean blogging is all about flaunting the depth of information that we as humans are capable of pondering, right? Well if that were the case then I wouldn't have a blog at all! Sometimes we just need to SIMPLIFY!! In that case, have you ever thought about how simple and beautiful the concept of faith really is? I recently read through the book of Matthew, and I haven't stopped thinking about the small examples of faith that I gathered from that book. I can think of two examples in particular in Matthew Ch.9. On two accounts Jesus heals Human Beings of their illness due to their faith in him as a merciful Christ. Never in these examples does it say that they were healed because they impressed Jesus with their profound thoughts of who he really is. NO!!!! They KNEW that he was the Son of God and that he could perform amazing things! Another example comes from Chapter 15; A woman who knows she is not worthy of Jesus' blessing, but because of her faith receives his healing power for her daughter.

Now, I believe that in Ephesians it says, " For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not of your own doing; it is the gift of God. not a result of works, so that no one may boast" Ephesians 2:8-9. By grace you have been saved THROUGH FAITH. Through knowledge...NO. Through the law...NO. God's grace is granted to us simply by our faith. Now, I do not in any way intend to criticize those who have been given a gift to teach the things they have learned and who continue growing in knowledge in order to use this ability; Teaching is a gift from God and should be used by those whom God has called. However, questioning who Jesus is just because our minds can not grasp the thought of a savior signifies a complete lack of faith, and scripture clearly tells us that through our faith in Jesus Christ we are saved from the condemnation of an eternity in hell. Of course, with this proclamation we are called to a commission which in turn leads us to be shaped into the image of Christ ( just a disclaimer for those who read this and say that I am supporting a faith with no action).

Simple in words, but extremely difficult in life. I think things we be a lot more clear and easy if we would just learn to simplify.