André Baard


“But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.”

2 Cor 11:3

Distraction is a busy demon and the arch enemy of Simplicity. Distraction calls out on every street corner peddling his good busyness, busyness in doing good Christian things. Simplicity, that plain dressed humble servant, like wisdom, cries out in opposition, to hear his wisdom.

“Purity of heart is to will one thing”, said Kierkegaard. Christ calls us to pure and simple devotion, minus the bells and whistles and optional extras. Do you really need state of the art surround sound in your church meetings? Do you even need the stage? Your stages and platforms witness against you, against the theatrical hubris of the gospel you preach.

What happened to the unworldly simplicity of Christians? When the heart is truly set on a pilgrimage, it sees only Jesus. Perhaps we are distracted to the left and right because our hearts hide some idols? Distractions are evil demons. They are like the Sith in Star Wars, trained assassins, subtle, operating in the murky waters and shifting shadows, seeking what Jedi Knight they can distract next. A strong distraction is like a kill for such an assassin. Delayed obedience to Yahweh is sin. They aim to trap us with good but not essential things. Doing good, that the Lord did not sanction, is akin to doing evil. Jesus limited Himself to only do what He saw the Father do (John 5:19).

Pure. Simple. Devotion to Jesus. It is the ideal and its real. This is life. Eliminate the theological and other mind clutter from your thinking. Who has helped increase your hunger to know Him more? They are your true friends, true leaders.

Now, simplicity of heart leads to simple speech and therefore also of actions, because we live by the fruit of our lips. When Jesus is the Only One, it simplifies everything. He (can) devours all other attentions. When you really find the pearl, you sell all. You sell ever other way of thinking and you buy Him. He is the pearl of Great Price and simplicity fuels the process of recognizing that and then acting on the ultimate no brainer, ‘do all to get the Lord’. Get the Lord. Nothing else matters. Get the Lord.

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