Friday, September 24, 2010
2 Corinthians 11:3-15
But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ (2 Corinthians 11:3 KJV)
Just because something is simple doesn't mean it's not incredibly profound. To quote my friend mike today : "The main thing about being a Christian is to see that the main thing remains the main thing." There are so many other things a person can focus on, so many other doctrines, other people, so many other causes, so much other complexity that what was once simple has taken on a life of it's own, it can become even something only available to a select few with positions of responsibility or lots of education. Salvation can drift into being viewed as something you do, or can earn, rather than something Christ offers. (Alma 22: 14)
One thing I consistently notice when I have the chance to sit in on primary with the little ones is how simple things are. Some people call this "basic". And true some of it is basic, but lots of it is as profound as the person cares to explore, yet it's also simple. Sometimes a sophisticated, academic, or adult approach misses things that are better grasped by the simplicity of a child's mind. Hence Christ's words for all of us to become as a little child. (3 Ne. 11: 37-38)
We learn from Paul in Corinthians that the serpent beguiles with subtlety, but a unique kind, the kind that corrupts away from simplicity that is in Christ. But it's subtle, probably some kind of distraction maybe by a bunch of "good" things, soon worship and actions towards Christ may become more and more indirect and or complex maybe even rule based, pretty soon Christ is complex, it's hard to imagine coming to him, or having a relationship with him. He can become replaced by rules, procedures, and strivings that can drift away from what was once simple and full of truth and light. Christ said " I am the way, the truth and the life". How simple, how true. Why look to anyone or anything else? Nothing else truly satisfies, but He is enough. As on the road to emmaus, His presence causes our hearts to burn within us, not always because of outward appearance, but because his words are life and truth. Luke 24: 32 And they said one to another, did not our aheart bburn within us, while he ctalked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?