The function of the pathway of grace is to fit you for living life to the full. Everything is to be done in alignment with the divine will, trusting our lives to the One who raises the dead. We are disciples: saturating ourselves in the Word of God and prayer and coming constantly before the Lord so we can be constantly fit for the people before whom we stand. We have been crucified with Christ, nevertheless we live.
At every turn, the Apostle Paul says, this pathway of grace causes us to live in simplicity and in the sunlight of God. This is the witness of our conscience and the rejoicing of our soul. We are those who trust the Lord.
But, there are enemies to this simplicity, ways of thinking that complicate our faith or try to shipwreck it all together. The first is the flesh, or “worldly wisdom”. (2 Corinthians 1: 12) This kind of wisdom is governed by feelings and appetites, desires and preferences. It’s this kind of wisdom that leads guys to lead with the wrong part of themselves.
The second enemy of simplicity is following a mindset of procrastination and laziness, of wandering and waste. The Holy Scripture says of God, “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26: 3) You cannot find simplicity if you cannot with singleness of heart and mind surrender yourself to the Lord.
The third enemy of simplicity is what I will call a spirit of adultery or a mindset of deception. Ordinarily, you cannot have simplicity if you have multiple causes or loyalties that have to constantly be weighed one against the other. Yet, the great danger with this enemy is you can simply be deceived. And, consorting with another Jesus, creating another gospel, or carrying on in an interfaith spirit, the Apostle Paul warns us with great fear, “you (can) put up with it easily enough.” (2 Corinthians 11: 4)
Yes, this last enemy encompasses all three. We can be deceived and think the pursuit of our will is entirely appropriate. Our life is selfishly simple. Or, our life can be simple because we do as little as possible or simply what comes next. Se la vie! Or, we can follow diligently a false trail.
Do not be entangled with anything that robs you of the simplicity of the gospel. Let your life be a single strand that is pulled along by Jesus.