I have a tendency to complicate things that are in fact quite simple. My brain is a complexity-creating machine. I bet some of you feel this way, that you continually turn things over and over in your brain, analyzing and evaluating everything, worried that you aren’t doing all the things you should.
One thing I hope to get better at is listening to Jesus. He was the most purposeful man to ever walk this earth, but He did it simply. The religious people were the ones who always tried to complicate life. Jesus said a lot of powerful things, asked a lot of heart-piercing questions, and changed the world in the way only the Savior, the Messiah could.
Jesus had a simple purpose, with earthquakes of effects that have yet to stop.
What is His advice? What does He tell us to do?
Follow Me. Love God. Love people.
He tells us to be His witnesses to the world, continuing the work He began, by following His example of loving God and loving people.
Paul continued it by saying that we are “His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph 2:10)
God has purpose for each one of our lives. It may be carried out differently, but it’s the same mission: Love God. Love people.
My pastor, Jonathan Rue, said something this week that struck me:
“The best way to discover God’s will for your life is in motion, when you’re already obeying Him.”
What does that look like? It looks like loving God and loving people. You’ll find that you are living a life of powerful, simple purpose when you are following Jesus.
The world will try to tell you that your purpose is anything other than this. But the world can’t scream loud enough.
God has a unique purpose for your life that that involves loving Him and loving His people, no matter how you do it. When you love Him above all else, you will love people more and more as a result. You’ll find real, simple purpose, with effects like low, rumbling earthquakes that will last and linger far longer than you imagine.
“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17)