Devotional Thought 56: Advocate (His Grace, Our Simplicity)

For I decided that while I was with you I would forget everything except Jesus Christ, the one who was crucified. I came to you in weakness—timid and trembling. And my message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit. I did this so you would trust not in human wisdom but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:2-5

This week, following the theme of Priesthood, we’re gonna be looking at what it truly means for Jesus Christ to be our High Priest, our Mediator and Intercessor! There’s some radical, controversial, yet sweet truth the Holy Spirit is showing us here, so let’s roll!

Continuing His mountain preaching, Jesus begins His section of teaching on wealth and material goods in the Kingdom of God. He tells them not to invest (“store up treasure”) in worldly things, but to invest in Heaven; worldly valuables don’t last forever and you can’t bring them into eternity, while the rewards of God have eternal value. He warns them against having a warped perspective of wealth (“a bad eye”) since it leads to spiritual blindness and lack of discernment. He tells them that they must choose who the true Master of their lives will be, since no one can serve both God and mammon (“money”). Lastly, He wraps it all up by telling them not to worry about material needs or wealth, their Father knows what they need, and He’s faithful to provide it for them; they just need to focus on seeking His Kingdom and righteousness in their lives.

Recently, I’ve been a bit worried; I started thinking about Islam, and how I could possibly reach a people who already have such an established religion. “I need to get back into apologetics,” I thought, “I should get back into learning how to prove that Jesus is the Way, not Muhammad.” My faith even started to waver as I thought about what made Christians different from any other religion in the world, ya know? But what the Lord Jesus showed me today through His Word comforted my soul: Because He’s my Advocate, who does for me what I could never do for myself, I can confidently hold to my faith in the Gospel without wavering, not worrying about how I’m going to address complex topics, but humbling myself to focus only on knowing Him and His Gospel! In other words, I can have simple faith, and trust that He’ll give me the wisdom and words when I need them.

There’s this beautiful Psalm that David writes, where he just surrenders and says “God, I’m not gonna trouble myself with things too deep or complex for me. I’m just gonna trust you, as an infant trusts its mother, and humble my heart to be content with just knowing You and loving You.” I love this Psalm, because as great as David is, he realizes that he doesn’t need to worry about being educated or rival the philosophical depths of his enemies, he just needs to focus on knowing and growing in the Lord! He chose humble simplicity in faith rather than prideful loftiness in fear. (Psalm 131)

  • As our High Priest and Advocate, Jesus wants us to value humility and simplicity. Rather than worrying ourselves with high-minded theology or philosophy so we can compete with the rest of the world, we’re called to simply be grounded in our faith, knowing Jesus personally and focusing on the truth of the Gospel! Is it critically important to know your stuff and be well-equipped to give an answer to people’s questions and objections? Of course! But if you just decide to simply focus on having a relationship with Him and remembering the Gospel, He’ll graciously give you wisdom to face the task. Choose humble simplicity.

And since we have a great High Priest who rules over God’s house, let us go right into the presence of God with sincere hearts fully trusting Him…Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.

Hebrews 10:21-23

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