A few years ago Staples created a cultural icon when it began its “easy button” campaign. They said that using their store was the equivalent of hitting the magic easy button for your life and business. This ad was wildly successful and memorable for most people because it tapped into something, we like – easy. We strive for efficiency, with our time and resources, so we can do more.
Some people will try to explain being a Christian as if there is an easy button to God. Just say a special prayer, and then come to church, be a good person, and you will should be just fine. Church is a place to come, put up your feet with other worthy people, and get comfortable. Surround yourself with traditions and ways of being that envelope you like a warm blanket, find your favorite seat, and you will be set.
There is no easy button when you follow Jesus that much is clear throughout Scripture. Jesus spent most of his ministry breaking the traditions and stuffy rules that had nothing to do with a God, but were all about people. Jesus was known well because he pushed boundaries, and didn’t hesitate calling out people who were selfish and focused on comfort and traditions instead of the living God. Romans 12:2 tells us, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” When you meet Jesus, when he gets into your soul, it will change you deeply. There is no easy button to God or easy faith, but instead a road that you can journey along with others imperfectly. You can grant each other grace, even though it can hard and messy, just like the grace you have been given freely by Jesus when He died on the cross and rose from the dead to free you from sin. Is following Jesus hitting the easy button? No. Is the life change worth every messy, challenging, and joy filled step. No question!
- What challenges you in your faith?
- How might you encourage or walk with someone else in their faith?