Live out the simple before you worry about understanding the complex

I have talked to not a few people (often times not Christians) who are more interested in discussing complex spiritual topics than more simplistic topics.

Such mindsets can be more interested in “The Revelation of Jesus Christ” than they are in what Jesus Christ’s gospel reveals about their life.

The issue with placing the complex before the simple is the simple is often times the key to understanding the complex, and more importantly – it doesn’t matter what you understand about the complex if you can’t put the simple into practice!

Perhaps this story will illustrate:

Two cowboys were walking out on the western plains one day when they noticed a set of footprints.

After studying the footprints, one cowboy said to the other, “These footprints were made by three men. One was wearing a black hat, one a straw hat, and the other had no hat. Two had beards, and one had a mustache. Two carried rifles, and one had a six-shooter. One man was married, and the other two were single.”

Amazed, the second cowboy asked, “Which way are they going?” to which the first cowboy replied, “I don’t know; you can’t tell everything from footprints!”

Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.” (1 Peter 2:1-3 NKJV)

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