Is it just me, or do people in general really like to make things complicated? Its like we can’t handle simplicity. I remember when I could turn on my TV by pressing one button, and now I have to recruit my 9 year-old to help me figure out which remote to even use. And I’m not sure when my phone got smarter than I am, but I’m sure I don’t even use half the features on that thing. Somehow we got the idea that complicated is better, and honestly, sometimes it is. But I think we’ve taken the gospel, which is really pretty simple, and we’ve managed to make it complicated too. I know I did. I turned it into a list of rules to follow and things to do and prayers to pray. And even though I thought I was living under grace, I was still focusing on what I needed to do to get “closer to God.” I was striving for more of Him because I was feeling unsatisfied, and I thought praying and fasting and reading books would get me where I needed to be. In John 6:35, Jesus said “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.” God pointed out to me one day that Jesus is IN ME. I know that sounds pretty obvious, but I never really focused on it before. Colossians 3:3 says “for you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.” Jesus is in me and I am in Him, and Jesus has everything I will ever need. There is no lack in Him, and I have access to everything He has to offer because we are one. “But the person who is joined to the Lord is one in sprit with Him,” 1 Corinthians 6:17. If I am one with Him, in perfect union, how can I get more of Him? I CAN’T. I am as close as I can get! If I’m feeling hungry and unsatisfied, that’s my fault not His. Its like sitting at a full table of food that has been offered to you, refusing to eat, and then complaining about being hungry. Do you feel like you are lacking joy? Jesus has it for you. What about peace? Jesus has that too. John 4:14 says that “those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.” That’s why Jesus said we’d never be thirsty again, because He remains in us to keep giving us unending drinks. When we feel the need to do things to get closer to God and be fed, we are saying that the cross isn’t enough. We are relying on our own works and not resting in His grace and provision. But adding even the tiniest of our own works to gain righteousness is no longer grace. The gospel is SIMPLE. Its so easy that sometimes we can’t even wrap our mind around it. Jesus has provided everything we will ever need, and we will never have to work to be close to Him or be good enough for Him. He wants us to be fully satisfied because He loves us. We just need to rest and believe. It sounds too good to be true, right? God creates us, loves us, pursues us, wins us over with His kindness, gives us the faith to believe in Him, saves us, then provides everything we’ll ever need. And we never do a thing to earn it. Its all by His grace. Only God could do something that good!