Simplicity

Do you know anyone who likes to complicate things? Are you one of those people? (full disclosure: sometimes I am). We’ve all heard the expression “too good to be true.” If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. But is that always the case?

Author Richard Carlson says, “the suspicion, cynicism, and doubt that are inherent in this belief (that some things are simply too good to be true) can and does keep people from taking advantage of excellent opportunities.”

I think of the eunuch in Acts 8. He inquired of Philip, “What can stand in the way of my being baptized?” The short answer? Nothing! Philip explained the good news about Jesus Christ, which led to a lost soul being saved. No song and dance needed here. Just the facts!

Salvation is not a complicated act. A sinner does the following:

  1. Hears the Gospel of Christ
  2. Believes that Jesus is the Son of the living God
  3. Repents of his or her sins
  4. Confesses that Jesus is indeed the Christ (the aforementioned eunuch replied, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God” in Acts 8:37)
  5. Is baptized

When sharing the Gospel with a person unfamiliar with it, I pray you keep it simple. It’s easy to overwhelm a lost soul with seemingly ancillary facts that prove to be little more than distractions. This is not to say that certain parts of the Bible (or parts of the life of Christ) are unimportant. All of Scripture is critical. But let’s plant a seed with the bare necessities, and allow the person to grow from there.

I’ve shared this before and I’ll repeat. I was introduced to the Gospel by a mere five words: “Christ died for your sins.” That’s all it took.

God made himself our sin. In exchange, we are righteous in his sight. And this is something that is not too good to be true!

In His Name,

-Matt

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