Simplify, Simplify

1 Corinthians 1:19-24 "For it is written, 'I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.' Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and wisdom of God."

Henry David Thoreau said, "Simplify, simplify." We live complicated lives, busy lives, hectic lives, and it wouldn't hurt us to scale back occassionally and simplify.

But that's not my point. I love philosophy (philosophy-philia?) and theology - I love to ask questions and wrestle with ideas and examine the implications of a particular worldview - I love it! I was listening to Ravi Zaccharias the other day defending a Christian worldview against all other worldviews, and Jesus spoke to my heart and said, "Simplify."

Jesus gently reminded me that gospel is, frankly, very simple. What good do all of my questions do if I don't use them to equip myself for outreach? Simplify.

What good does a rock solid defense of the Christian worldview do if I don't share the basic gospel with my neighbor? Simplify.

We're all sinners. That's not hard to convince people of. We live in a shattered, broken world. People - normal people - get this. Nothing we can do can fix our brokenness. All our righteousness is filthy and worthless. But Jesus came to save us. Jesus stands between us and God and reconciles us. Jesus takes our sin onto himself and puts His righteousness on us. Simplify.

The gospel is simple. You're a sinner, but Jesus loves you. He died for you and rose again. Through Him, you can have eternal life. That's what we tell the world.