We complicate everything. I remember that everyone used to have a coffee maker, just a simple coffee maker that you scooped coffee into. Now I hardly see anyone drinking coffee that wasn’t made from a K-cup or bought at a Starbucks. Did we get bored with the simple coffee? Was it really boring to begin with? Real coffee aficionados still brew it at home, and drink it simply.
As Christians, did we complicate the gospel too? Something that was rather simple, and we added a bunch of stuff to dress it up, make it fancy and more attractive. I have been guilty of complicating this myself. Now as I prepare to enter the mission field, I am thinking to myself, “Will the simple message of the gospel work?” Yes, it will work and it has worked in the past. Andy Stanley has a great sermon series over at North Point Community Church called “Who needs God?”. In this message there is a portion in week 3, The Bible told me so, that reminds us that in the beginning of the church there was no Bible. The Bible did not begin Christianity, the Bible was created out of Christianity. Rome was conquered by Christianity without
self-help books, Bible study guides, tracts, and overpriced DVD sets. I’m not saying that these things aren’t useful. They can be.
The truth is, Rome was conquered by love, and by the fruits of the spirit that oozed from the lives of the early Christians.
You didn’t choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit – fruit that will last. – John 15:16
Jesus chose us, and gives us the ability to reproduce the fruit he saw we were capable of before we knew our own potential. This is the central theme of missions. It’s rather simple. We bear fruit, through our love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. We will not make converts through some tricky planning, or gifted oration but by allowing God to reach others through us.
I’m sure a conversation over a simple cup of coffee is a great way to get started explaining how God simply changed my life.