Recently I read an article about Steve Jobs and his inspiration for Apple. Jobs was a proclaimed Buddhist so simplicity and zen were part of his everyday life but he also made it part of his work life. Without going into the technology part of Apple and/or Mac the design alone is simple. We are the people that add the bright phone covers and crazy stickers to his simple product.
That’s what we do with discipleship. We muck it up pretty good. The other night I met a girl for coffee after she visited our small group. I had no alterier motives; only get to know her better. I didn’t ask her 20 questions about why she was coming to our group, what she liked about it, didn’t like about. I asked about her job, when she was going to graduate, you know, simple questions you ask people when you want to get to know them better. You know what? Last night she sent me a text thanking me for the coffee because it made her feel more comfortable in our small group the next time we met. Simple. Not complicated.
Read through the gospels and see how un-complicated Jesus made things: Go and sin no more. Drop your nets and follow me. Treat others as you want to be treated. Simple. Not complicated. We complicate things. We muck them up BAD.
If you don’t have kids you probably don’t know this but according to the experts when you discipline a toddler you should use short sentences: no hitting, no pushing, no biting, eat your chicken, pee in the potty–you know short and sweet. Everything starts getting complicated when that toddler learns, “Why?” and “No!” Yep, that’s us. When we feel Jesus is telling us something we want to know why or we just want to say we will do it later which means, “No.”