I really like to complicate things.
I wrap myself up so tight that I can’t breathe. I punish myself and seclude myself. I allow mistakes to define me and I never allow myself anything that is defined as “simple.”
I think the world has complicated the bible.
I think I have complicated Jesus.
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being, but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.
There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law ofthe Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
Jesus’s death and resurrection has cleansed me of any punishment, nothing needs to be added to the cross.
It was against everything I’ve known to believe I needed to add something to myself, to Jesus, to be cleansed and forgiven.
Somehow I picked up a slave mindset and punished myself daily for even the slightest of offense.
Grace has never had to be purchased by me. It was a free gift so I may be free in my Abba’s love, who gave everything for that to be so.
The gospel is simple, and so is life.
I think complicating things helps us try to justify ourselves or help us feel like we deserve Christ.
We neither have to justify or try to earn our acceptance into the kingdom.
That is never going to make sense, so we/I need to stop trying to make it so complicated.
Simple is always better, simple is always what brings revelation.