Being more aligned to the ICT world I know for a fact that for any mobile application to be adopted it’s got to be user friendly in a sense that the navigation is very simple that it can easily come naturally. In the world of ‘User Interface Design’, simplicity is the rule of thumb, I had a friend who did architecture and they always told me that simplicity is one very important requirement in his line of work which is why am convinced that this world would be a much better place if things were just simplified, most likely God even had it in mind when he was speaking the universe into existence.
The Gospel( Too Good to be True News) has taken on a whole new dimension in our generation, so much that to some people it has been presented as a complicated way of life or belief system and yet at its core Jesus intended that the gospel be simplified to the lowest level, more so to us who profess to be saints( Colossians 1:26) because only then can we be able to simplify it to the unbelievers in the hope that they’ll see what we see and come into the light but let’s face it, many of those who say they know Christ can’t present him in the simplest of ways, there’s no admiration of their lifestyle ,so at the end of the day it instead drives away the very people we want to minister to, just because we’ve made the gospel complicated.
The few years I’ve spent in relationship with God have given me an opportunity to experience a couple of ways in which the gospel has been presented as difficult and burdensome, again our generation has seen so many “Men and Women of God” rise up to take on the challenge of preaching the gospel, some of them are truly well intentioned but they struggle with approaching the gospel from their own experience rather than preaching it as it is in the Bible which is why in the long run the fruits of what is peached manifest in those that choose to sit under their ministries and mind you those fruits are not admirable at all.
We see so much of the same things that the secular world is known for crop into the body of Christ, some of our leaders have come with ‘Ten steps to….., 40 days of……..77 days of… “ (You get what am referring to, right?). These are all wonderful ideas but then to the simple human mind, it’s like a whole other list of things to do as a means to get right with God or get closer to him (Forgetting that he never leaves nor forsakes us). The mind behind this approach is not evil but it does more harm than good given that it places an unbearable burden on the flock. Even when we think we may have escaped the burden of religion, some of the same practices have been wrapped in different titles and presented in exactly the same form as what religion proposes.
We have complicated salvation and made it a very unattractive lifestyle yet to the world we’re supposed to present salvation as an abundant life full of joy and yet some of us are as miserable and unhappy as the same people we’re supposed to be ministering to, when the unbelievers look at our lives, there’s nothing they can possibly admire or reason that they would need to make their lives better than they already are. Majority of the Christians out there have simply been sucked into the mold of the either the world or modern religion which by all means requires the exact opposite of ‘simplicity’ to live by.
In Colosians 2:6 we’re instructed to continue in the same manner by which we received Christ, so if we say that it is by grace that we have been saved, then why do we then place a burden of a couple of good works to do after we’ve been born again? We get caught up in so much church activity and business that sometimes we think that this activity will somehow achieve for us a certain reward from God but I can sum it all up in this; ‘The same way that a couple of good deeds couldn’t earn you a place in the kingdom of God, even when you get saved, your good deeds will still not secure you a spot in heaven”. The activities may add value and get you closer to God in a sense that they’ll build your Faith and help you overcome unbelief but outside of God’s grace, they’re not the ones that save you, we can choose to call them fruits and not the roots of salvation, you now understand that you just don’t have to go to church but rather you get to go to church and even always look forward and are excited every time you get to go to church. When you approach salvation from this angle, it allows you approach the Christian life from a much simpler perspective, so simple that many would find reason to reject it at fast glance but given time, it’s very contagious and attractive that It’ll minister to the lost very effectively.