In our last couple of devotions, we turned our attention to how we shouldÂ focus on small things in these perilous times of the last days. In particularly,Â weâ€™ve talked about cutting the world down to our size. Today, weâ€™re going to talk about the importance of streamlining and simplifying our lives in these last days.
In 2 Corinthians 11:13, the Apostle Paul wrote about his fear for his fellow-Â Christians. He feared that â€œthe serpentâ€ would deceive them, as he hadÂ subtly deceived Eve in the Garden of Eden, from a life of simple devotion toÂ Christ. If we have not made complication our god, we have at least made itÂ our goal in these fast moving modern-times. Nothing is simple anymore;Â everything is complicated.
Many Christians today have been deceived by the devil into the adoption ofÂ â€œworld responsibility syndrome.â€ They feel personally responsible forÂ praying for everyone in the world. They feel personally responsible forÂ ministering to everyone in the world. They feel personally responsible forÂ witnessing to everyone in the world. They feel personally responsible forÂ living up to the expectations of everyone in the world.
When it comes to living up to the expectations of others, manyÂ contemporary Christians even feel responsible for living up to the non-Â Christianâ€™s idea of Christianity. In addition, the contemporary church feels itÂ must live up to the unchurched idea of church if it is to ever reach theÂ unchurched. How could the Christian life become more complicated than by the Christian taking on the responsibility of winning the whole world andÂ living up to the whole worldâ€™s expectations?
The only advice you need to live the Christian life is found in the last wordsÂ of Mary, the mother of Jesus, recorded in Scripture. In John 2:5, Mary saysÂ to the servants at the wedding in Cana of Galilee, â€œWhatsoever he saithÂ unto you, do it.â€ All you need to do to live your Christian life is to do whatÂ Jesus tells you to do; that is, what the Scripture commands and the SpiritÂ compels and counsels you to do.
You only need to pray for those Jesus tells you to pray for. You only need to minister to those Jesus tells you to minister to. You only need to witness to those Jesus tells you to witness to. And as far as living up to other peopleâ€™s expectations, the only expectations you need to live up to are Christâ€™s expectations, since it is to Christ alone that you will ultimately give an account.