Thursday, June 23, 2011

Keep It Simple Stupid

I’ve probably woke up more mornings with more ideas and taken more notes from things that have randomly popped in my head for this post than I have for any other since I started this blog. Actually I’m writing this while looking on the back of this receipt I’ve been keeping notes on in my pocket for weeks now; it’s from Uncle Julio’s a.k.a. Heaven on Earth in Allen, TX from 5/13/11. That's where the juices started flowing on the way back from the Catalyst conference in Dallas, an event I’m still is stirring things up in me over a month later!

But even with all my notes and ideas and just stuff rattling around in my head I couldn’t put it all together. I started this post multiple times and it would not come together. Back when I was preaching and preparing messages every Sunday I had this happen a few times. And thinking back to each of those times it was when I was putting what I wanted to say, AHEAD of what God wanted me to say.

I’m not a very smart guy to begin with, so when I realize God has decided He’s going to jumble my thoughts up, which is not a difficult task, then I know it’s time to step back and see what He’s telling me. In this case He said, “You’re making this too hard! K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Stupid!”

If you’ve followed me on here for very long you know I’ve blogged about the church and the Church maybe more than anything because it’s one of the areas God has created a passion in me. He’s created a desire for me to see church different or maybe see church as it was originally and hopefully help others see it in a different way. I’ve quoted Acts 2:42-47, the way the very first church did life more than any other scripture…

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Let’s boil that down…

Devoted to teaching and fellowship

Devoted to breaking bread and prayer

Were together and had everything in common

Gave to anyone who had a need

Met together daily

Ate together in each others homes

Praised God and enjoyed the favor of all people


So to get to what I’m trying to say is this. I woke up one morning a week or so ago and sat out on my deck with a good cup of strong coffee (God created the world over strong coffee you know…I know it’s in the Bible somewhere), read my daily devotion and scripture, reflected on the last couple months and realized, WE ARE DOING IT!

Ha! We -are - doing - it!

The family God has blessed me with is being the Church!

The friends that God has put into my life that I spend my time with are being the Church!!

The church I’m so fortunate to get be a part of, serve at and with is not just playing church, we are being the Church!!

Right now going through life looks like Acts 2 and it was so simple!! Instead of trying to act like the Acts church and recreate it - simply try acting like Jesus, see through his eyes, walk where he would have walked, do what he would have done, watch your heart be changed and without even knowing you’ll be the church in Acts and the Church He had in mind!

In the end, I never used any of the notes I carried for over a month. K.I.S.S.!!!