We’ve done letters A, W, and E (How Awesome IS Our God? #1,#2,#3) now it’s time for the fourth letter in the acronym for AWESOME; simplicity! We’ve been exploring the ways we can purposefully and intentionally discover how awesome our God truly is!
A – Through Adoration
W – In Wonder
E – With Energy and Expectation
S – In Simplicity
O – By Obsession
M – Through Meditating on Him
E – With Excitement Everyday
Very often in life we tend to complicate things, including God stuff! It’s one thing when we make an effort to understand with patience, determination, and single-mindedness but it’s another thing to do so without patience, in frustration, and with double-mindedness! In other words, we can make something simple very difficult by thinking too much. We set hurdles for ourselves we can’t jump over; we make matters worse by asking the wrong questions; we confuse the situation more often than not! Overall, we tend to obscure the simplicity inherent in most things in life!
To discover the absolute awesomeness of God we should just let go of all the “stuff” we don’t understand about Him and in simplicity, learn what He clearly reveals to us! Then before we know it, we can comprehend things that we previously didn’t get!
We can learn a lesson from the early church about how to enjoy God’s awesomeness together by keeping things simple. Just because we’re a little “later” church doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy God and each other the same way they did! Acts 2:46-47 “So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people…”
I don’t know; maybe we think it’s an insult to have simple hearts! It’s not! But, what does “simplicity of heart” really mean? In the Greek language, the word simplicity here is translated “singleness”. In fact, in the King James version of the Bible, that’s exactly what it says…they ate with gladness and singleness of heart. Now of course it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out this isn’t speaking of the actual “act” of eating, since the heart isn’t a big part of filling our stomachs. No, this has everything to do with unity and choice. They chose to be single-minded; to keep things simple; to be glad; to praise God; and as a result, they were well-liked by others. They didn’t look for all the things that made them different…they hung out with like-minded people who loved the Lord and the love they shared was evident to those outside who didn’t yet love the Lord! That’s a wonderful display of how awesome God is! We can hang out with other Christians and impact other people! How easy can it get?
Yet…we complicate it! We try to come up with all kinds of fancy, swanky, extravagant, and elaborate ways to reach the lost; we purchase expensive evangelism programs to “train” us how to share the Gospel when all we need to do is keep it simple. In simplicity of heart continue to meet and eat, praise God, experience His awesomeness and the favor of all the people will be on us! When we, in simplicity do these things, we overflow with the awesomeness of God by overflowing with praise, and then…our testimony is easy and simple as well. We don’t need to complicate Jesus to make Him known to others!
A little closer look at the word “simplicity” here in Acts in the original language reveals it means “without rock, to be smooth and plain”. So in simplicity of heart these people enjoyed their life in Jesus. Their hearts were not hard and complicated. They were soft and smooth; pliant and simple!
Paul also talks about simplicity in 2 Corinthians 1:12 “For our boasting is this: the testimony of our conscience that we conducted ourselves in the world in simplicity and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom but by the grace of God, and more abundantly toward you.”
A different Greek word is used for simplicity here; but singleness of mind is still at the heart of it! We learn here to conduct ourselves in simplicity both in the world and before God. When we do, we’ll experience the awesomeness of God. This simplicity is defined as “the virtue of one who is free from pretense and hypocrisy.” When we, in simplicity, seek the Lord, we aren’t self-seeking. We’re not interested in self-preservation. Our hearts our open; our lives are transparent; we manifest generosity to a world which teaches the opposite.
To revel in the awesomeness of God is to keep it simple with people; to live in complete honesty and singleness before people; to be sincere and let our hearts be kept in simple peace and love. We won’t experience the awesomeness of God without experiencing the awesomeness of His people. 1 John 4:21 “And this commandment we have from Him: that he who loves God must love his brother also.” Pretty simple!
I pray today we’ll all keep it simple! Be single-minded! Don’t complicate life! Be amazed at the awesomeness of God today and every day – and be amazed at the power of simplicity!