Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
– Mark 9:35-37
“Whatever our circumstances may be, that holy, innocent, and eternal Child must be in contact with His Father.
“Am I simple enough to identify myself with my Lord in this way? Is He having His wonderful way with me? Is God’s will being fulfilled in that His Son has been formed in me (see Galatians 4:19), or have I carefully pushed Him to one side? Oh, the noisy outcry of today! Why does everyone seem to be crying out so loudly? People today are crying out for the Son of God to be put to death. There is no room here for God’s Son right now— no room for quiet, holy fellowship and oneness with the Father.”
– Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest
Chambers questions if we are ‘simple’ enough to identify ourselves as innocent eternal children. It is an odd, but appropriate word, ‘simple’. It is one of the most difficult things to do. In this modern age, people want detailed arguments brought forward before they will even discuss the slight possibility that there is a God. We are warned that we need to be prepared for such arguments.
While anyone can accept Jesus as their Savior, not everyone has the logical mind and the breadth of education to argue against many of the primary agnostic or atheistic arguments. Those non-believing arguments are fraught with holes, but those that choose to not believe for the sake of disagreement will refute the argument of the believer or resort to name-calling tactics or walk away.
Those that are on the front lines must learn a lot to have answers for the naysayers, but they should not look down on those that simplify their beliefs. Those that simply believe are doing as Jesus told His disciples. Regardless of people’s taunts about my beliefs, I surrendered myself to Jesus. He and the Holy Spirit came into my heart. Once there, I gained understanding that the person taunting can never achieve on their own. It takes God working within you to gain that insight, obtain the spiritual answers to questions that the intellect cannot even fathom. That understanding only comes when you surrender unconditionally to the God of the Universe.
Beth Moore warned in her writings of having child-like faith, not childish. Going too far in the ‘simple’ mode is not good either, but for many of us it is simply impossible. If like me, you have spent 13 years reaching high school graduation (K-12), four years in college as an undergraduate, and then another 2 or 3 in graduate school. It is hard to turn all that off, especially when I have kept reading and kept learning ever since.
As a retiree, I love turning it off. I walk a tightrope between simplifying what I think about and ensuring that I keep my mind active. Yet, in spite of my desire for simplification, I continue to learn. I continue to read, pray, and seek guidance from others. It becomes very hard to keep it simple.
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.