One

I am not a multi-tasker.

My wife is, I am not.

I suppose it’s just not in my gift mix.

Truth is, writing this post while trying to text is getting me qiute dsitratced.

It seems to me the church asks people to multi-task.

Read this.

Don’t do that.

Definitely listen to this, but not that.

Keep clear of that while doing this and you’ll achieve that.

It’s confusing.

I’m not sure that was ever God’s intention for humanity.

His instructions were very simple:

Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” (Genesis 1.28, NLT)

Side note: Stacey and I have taken the first part of those instructions quite literally.

My point is God made it simple.

There was only one rule: Don’t eat from that tree.

It wasn’t until sin entered the world that things got complicated.

By the way, have you ever noticed the way Eve was tempted?

The serpent calls into question the simple instructions God gave.

He tempted her by adding to what God had already established.

God made it simple. Sin made things complex.

After years of trying to make our way back to God, Jesus comes along and once again makes it simple.

Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” (John 14.6, NLT)

Instead of working, straining, and trying to achieve enough to impress God we have Jesus.

Jesus has taken all the law and it’s requirements and simplified them to simply believe in me.

When he was pushed on which law was most important Jesus responded with, “Love God and people.”

It was a simple answer to what was thought to be a head-scratcher of a question.

We show we love God by loving people here on earth.

It makes me wonder, “What would our world be like if we simplified things and really loved people?”

How would it change our families? Our churches? Schools? Community?

It’s not tricky or complicated.

There is not an exhaustive list.

There’s only one:

Love.

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