I just came in from my morning walk.
My devotions led me to this.
“…in him everything holds together.”
“We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. To be mature is to be basic. Christ! No more, no less. That’s what I’m working so hard at day after day, year after year, doing my best with the energy God so generously gives me.”
A couple of passages from the first chapter of Colossians reminding me not to clutter things up.
Several decades ago my offspring were children. We worshipped God all the time (weren’t always aware that’s what we were doing) but we gathered with sisters and brothers, usually on Sunday mornings, for what many call corporate worship. I never got to sit with them for the sermon.
After worship I would occasionally ask if they knew what the sermon was about that morning. Their response lives on in our family lore…
“Jesus and God and stuff.”
I used to consider that response the ultimate in evasion. (It was!)
But now I consider that answer to be the only acceptable outcome.
We can preach our sermons, all of us, on deep matters of doctrinal division. We can preach our sermons, all of us, on the current trends in political persuasion. We can wax eloquent, all of us, on the minutiae of Biblical interpretation.
Or we can let it be about Jesus who was confronted by those very sermons.
Yes, Jesus was confronted by those very sermons.
They were trying to convince him and convert him and correct him into proper belief.
They were even trying to preach him into keeping the rules.
That’s what the church folk were doing. They were trying to convert Jesus.
He just kept in being Jesus. He just kept on healing and saving - even on the Sabbath!
He just kept on feeding and forgiving - without plans or prognostications.
He loved us and lived as himself. He was genuine and genuinely enough.
There is a lot of clutter out there. I do my share of muddling the Message.
Maybe you do too.
Let’s just quit it with needing to be right, needing to win, needing to correct everyone about everything.
And be okay with Jesus. I mean, isn’t that good enough?
The rest is just stuff.