Jesus: Pure & Simple
“But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 11:3; ESV)
What kind of “devotion” or a relationship are we called to have with Jesus Christ? The Apostle Paul summarizes the answer to this question with two vitally important words: Our relationship with Jesus is to be PURE and SIMPLE (the word “sincere” in the original Greek is the word haplot?s which literally means “simple”.) In 2 Corinthians, Paul has been responding to a group of self proclaimed “super apostles“ (v. 5) who were coming in behind his ministry, attempting to steal away the new converts in the church in Corinth. They claimed that the gospel that Paul preached was anemic…that it was inadequate…that it was too “weak” (v. 21) and that it needed to be added to or supplemented with more work and more success (we read of a similar situation in Galatians 1:6-9). They were trying to twist a “simple and pure” relationship with Jesus into their own complicated and corrupted version of so-called “Christianity“. The truth is that as fallen sinners, all of us are prone to replacing a pure and simple relationship with Jesus with a distorted and complicated sinful substitute. That’s why Paul is “afraid” that the believers in Corinth might be led astray from Jesus…pure and simple!
Today, ask yourself this question: Lately, has your relationship with Jesus Christ been pure and simple…or have you allowed it to become corrupted and complicated? Have you been so preoccupied with doing religious things (i.e. studying theology, reading Christian literature, serving in ministry, leading programs at church, listening to Christian podcasts, etc.) that you’ve inadvertently taken your eyes off of loving Jesus? Have you been diligently chasing after the “means of grace” (Bible study & Prayer) and yet somehow along the way lost sight of your chief end (loving, worshiping, hearing from and enjoying Jesus)?
Jesus, I ask that You would help me to love You with purity and simplicity today!
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