Simple, not easy

I was listening to Matthew Chapter 7 as I walked home this afternoon and noticed how simply Jesus taught. He did not make it complicated to understand how to be righteous — simply listen to what He said and put it into practise, simple!

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

(Matthew 7:24 ESV)

Simple to understand, certainly not easy to do. In fact, if the path I’m on is easy, that’s a good indication I’m on the wrong path.

Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”

(Matthew 7:13-14 ESV)

The call and commands of Christ are easy to understand but impossible for a sinful man to obey. I must become something I am not — a little child (Matthew 18:3). A little child believes Jesus when He says it is better to enter life with one hand or one eye than to be thrown into hell with two hands or two eyes. A little child does not rationalize away sin or hell, he confesses the sin, trusts Jesus, and walks on with Jesus in obedience. I don’t need more knowledge, I need to know Jesus and live trusting Him completely.

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, What shall we eat?’ or What shall we drink?’ or What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

(Matthew 6:31-33 ESV)

Gifts I have noticed this week (145 — 162):
  1. The means to dispatch large spiders without getting too close! (i.e., flyspray).

  2. My 17 year-old watch that still goes great.

  3. My Mother-in-law making my favourite cake.

  4. Contemplating God while washing dishes late at night.

  5. Being mesmerized by the patterns of light summer rain falling silently on a pond.

  6. Gentle plopping’ sounds as the rain gets heavier.

  7. Dragonflies hovering.

  1. A dog eager for me to throw a pine cone into the pond for him to chase.

  1. School camp.

  2. A washing machine.

  3. warm, sunny days to get washing dry.

  4. Memories of my own childhood adventures.

  5. A swim for two dogs who are hot and panting.

  6. A gentle, cooling breeze (see Jonah 4:8).

  7. Warm sunny days helping to burn away the fog.

  8. Clean water to drink.

  9. A dog who is expert at finding lost tennis balls to play with.

  10. Hope in Christ deeper than any circumstance or emotion.

  11. A new road layout, no more walking alongside trucks.

  12. The simple, brain-clearing rhythm of walking.

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