Confused? It's simple...
With the relaxation of restrictions, things are getting really confusing. What we are allowed to do and what is wise to do, it is so hard to tell? We’ve finally got used to staying 2 meters apart and businesses have invested thousands of pounds in signage only to be told it is now 1 meter plus. Church can open for private prayer but not for services, however pubs and restaurants can open. Totally confusing!
Church can be confusing too
It isn’t just the current regulations that are confusing, church can be a bewildering place too, especially if you are fairly new. But even if you were brought up in the church, joining or visiting a new church can seem very strange! Although one of the blessings of the crisis is that some people can attend or observe from another chair in the room or on youtube and from the privacy of their home. This may take away some of the fear or confusion but people may still be wondering what it is all about?
Simple, consistent and amazing
The good news is that Christianity is simple, the message of the Bible is consistent and truly amazing. The big picture isn’t complicated, even young children can understand what Jesus did, sometimes better than the rest of us. Although simple, Christianity is far from simplistic, as we are introduced to the God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three persons yet one God. An eternal community of three whose overflowing love led to the creation of the universe.
Christianity is an invitation to join Jesus and share his joy!
We are not invited to be observers but to join the family, to be adopted as children of God. How is that possible? Because Jesus paid for the things that separate us from God and destroyed death, the consequence of our sin. Why did Jesus die for you, because he loves you! Jesus is the way to eternal life and relationship with God.
Impossible for us
Simple did you say? Yes it’s simple because Jesus has done the impossible work. He alone can free us from the separation we face because of our sin, our rebellion. Without Jesus our hearts remain directed inward, turned away from our creator and incapable of doing what is right or making up for what is past.
The way is simple
So it is as simple as accepting our helplessness and believing that Jesus is the only solution. Or as Jesus puts it recognising him as the way, the truth and the life. We simply choose to face God not on our own merit, but to face God with Jesus’ perfection in place of our hopelessness.
Simple but hard
So it is simple but not simplistic and it is certainly not easy. Making the decision to follow Jesus is tough and it is costly and it changes everything. It is simple, but so in theory is climbing a mountain, you just have to keep going up. When it comes to Jesus, all we have to do is put our trust, our lives and our future in his hands. Simple, yes, but something I’m still practicing everyday.
Whoever you are
Whether you’re a decision maker at church, work or in the community, someone who’s fearful about the changes being too quick or too slow, we are praying that you will know the hope that Jesus brings now and over the coming weeks.
God bless, Stephen