“But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”

2 Corinthians 11:3

I see more and more that the Christian life is one of simplicity. As extra cargo is jettisoned from a ship to keep it afloat in a storm, so the Christian casts off those things which hinder his walk with the Lord, things that drag down and simply are not necessary.

Without clever gimmicks or material attractions, Jesus lived in pure devotion to His Father. His love for people was infinitely sincere. He emptied Himself of all privileges of being God, not using His equality with God to His own advantage (see Philippians 2:6). His uncluttered life and undeviating purpose challenge us to shed the irrelevancies which burden our lives.

We often feel pressured to “keep up” with technology or social media. Troubles like world poverty, global pandemics, and depletion of earth’s resources weigh us down. How do we get beyond the stresses of this world? Look simply to Jesus. Take comfort. Our Savior who was single-minded in His mission to rescue us humbled Himself “by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!” (v. 8)




Scripture Focus

Philippians 2:1-8

Insight

While there seems to be no end to things which draw our eyes away from Jesus, remember that you are the joy set before Him!

Bible In A Year

  • Genesis 29-30
  • Psalm 15
  • Matthew 23