This past week a few of us women gathered for a time of fellowship and study around the theme of home skills. In sharing with the ladies the simple task of sewing on a button, I was reminded of the simplicity of Christ. It is said the Bible and the message of the gospel is simple enough so that even a child can understand it. In sewing on a button, all it takes is focus, a few stitches and it’s done. We were sharing how when the buttons are put on by machine, they tend to get loose quickly and fall off. Similarly, at times our attempts at trying to improve on Christ through religion and rituals, we start to move away from the simplicity of His message of salvation.
A relationship with Jesus Christ should be our focus and remember His presence in all we do. In our desire to “improve on Jesus”, we end up complicating matters and loose the focus. We may tell ourselves that we are doing it for the church, but we end up doing busy work. Our intentions start out good, we want to strengthen our relationship with Jesus, but then we get side tracked. Like that button, it does not require much, fancy tools might get the job done, but nothing can replace the simple and direct approach. Jesus wants us to keep some of this simplicity.
I am reminded of the worship song, “I’m sorry Lord for the things I’ve made it, for its all about you….” .
2 Cor 11:3-15 “But I fear, least by any means as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”
A button sewed on by a machine is not wrong, it gets the job done. But nothing can replace the strength and stability that comes from an individual stitching it into place. Similarly, there is nothing wrong with reading commentaries, sharing the word with others, joining in a time of fellowship (in fact all of this is encouraged as part of our Christian walk and growth), nothing can replace that 1:1 relationship with Jesus and keeping Him as the center of our lives; keeping it simple.