You would think more Christians would be fulfilled and content in their faith now than in the past.
We have more information, resources, material, access and connectivity than ever and we are well past the point of information overload. We have great buildings, excellent leaders and large congregations full of talent and commitment. We have thousands of books, websites, blogs, seminars and conferences. We have rich tradition and heritage, modern mega church campuses, online streaming services and charismatic pastors and leaders. And there are also a lot more of us than in the first century.
Yet in each generation, we still find ourselves searching for God and trying to find fulfillment. It’s not for lack of the afore-mentioned things that our spiritual lives suffer, nor is there anything wrong with them in and of themselves. But sometimes we over complicate things.
Jesus liked to boil things down to some simple points. Love God, love others. Forgive people. How many times do you forgive them? Too many to count, you just forgive.
Serve others. If someone is hungry, give them food. If thirsty, a drink of water. If they’re cold, offer them your coat. You don’t need a complex theological model with charts and graphs to tell you how to help someone in need.
I think sometimes we make approaching God and growing our faith more complex than it needs to be. What I’ve found is that it’s hard enough to get the simple things right. We are sinners that fall short every day but we can keep striving for better.
Just take time out of your week to pray to God. And when you pray, try not to make it all about yourself and asking for things. Crack open the Bible more often than you used to. Attend church and try to focus and not be distracted. Sing along with the hymns and songs and try to mean it. Turn off the media and quiet yourself and get some perspective and think about God, and sense His presence. Get through your week doing more good than bad and try to be a good example of Christ to others. Try harder at showing people love and mercy than trying to be right or win the argument.
If we do better at those simple things, we might catch a glimpse of the Divine. Our differences in theology and the name on the church sign might not matter so much. Non-believers might be more open to a faith they see lived out honestly and genuinely. Remember the acronym KISS: Keep it simple, stupid. If you had to apply that spiritually: pray, read the Bible, go to church, get involved, love others. And mean it.
That last part could change the world.