The Simplest Thing

Matthew 21:28–32, John 6:28–36 (read online ⧉)

It’s too easy. What do I have to do? There must be something that has to be done to earn my way. Perhaps I need to be wealthy. Perhaps I have to be ful. Perhaps I to take a series of convoluted steps, and of course start from zero if I mess up.

Nope, it doesn’t work that way. Whew! Yet, for some reason, the simplest way oddly seems to be the hardest.

ed on people to believe. He pointed to John the Baptist, first. John the Baptist came with a message of and repentance. That was always part of ’s to those he originally ed…the Israelites. The Law effectively revolved around a constant cycle of repentance and restoration to . The Israelites (now the remnant) didn’t understand and didn’t respond to ’s messenger. It was the people that were not “in” that responded. It was the ones who were “outcasts” who responded to the message.

When confronted by , the people ed what they had to do to receive salvation. While said, “believe,” the parable the accompanied that was about doing the will of , even when that’s not the desire, and not telling that it will be done, and then going one’s own way. Belief without s up being like the son who said he would do but didn’t. The son who said no, but did still missed the father’s .

Actions speak louder than s. Actions, however, should be motivated by belief.

1) What is the hardest thing you’ve had to believe? What made it hard?

2) What has been the hardest to do? Why?

3) Which requires greater commitment, belief or ? Why?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.