Keep it simple—it’s the way of Jesus.
One of my favorite quotes is from Albert Einstein: “Out of complexity find simplicity.” I love this quote because we live in a world that has become so complex. In the midst of complexity, ironically, people are hungry for simplicity.
Simple ideas are changing the world. We are all familiar with the company Apple. They are the pioneers in creating simple. Another company is Google, one of the fastest growing companies in American history. Visit Google’s home page, and the amount of white space screams simplicity. Only 20-24 words are on their home page, yet thousands of web users are flocking to use the search engine every day. In the airline industry, Southwest Airlines is North America’s most successful and profitable airline… it is also the most simple. Have you ever read the magazine, Real Simple? Real Simple is a popular interior design magazine and, by the way, the most successful magazine launch in decades.
Simple is in. Simple works.
If anyone knows simple, it is Jesus. He stepped into a complicated religious scene. The religious leaders had developed a religious system with approximately 613 laws. The laws were divided into two sections, “Do this” and “Don’t do this.” Jesus enters the scene. Jesus has the ability to take the complex and make it simple.
Matthew 22:34-38, “Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together. One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment.”
Jesus had just stumped the Sadducees, and next up, the Pharisees. The Pharisees gathered for a meeting to devise a debate strategy. They chose the smartest guy to take on Jesus and he said, “Out of the 613 commandments, which is the greatest?” Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.”
Jesus took the complexity of the law and made it simple: “Love God with all your heart.”
- To whom or what are you giving your greatest affection?
- What is burdening you today that can be simplified?
- Are you focused on too many things that keep you frazzled and complex?
- In what ways can you simplify your life?