There is so much we get to learn in this world, and I hope that we recognize patterns to see how they all fit together. Sometimes, things we learn may not be as crucial to our walk as others, but they may help us understand why non-believers might think they’re crucial…and understanding that might help us connect with them.
But there are basic, essential truths that we need to keep and stoke like hot coals in our hearts’ furnaces. They’re not just helpful for connecting to others, but also to remind ourselves of the basic tenets by which we live and love.
My pastor once said that God made us with a hole in our hearts only He can fill. For those who don’t know Jesus, let’s show them what it’s like to walk with His fullness in our hearts.
A Billy Graham devotional on keeping it simple tells it wonderfully:
The great Swiss theologian, Dr. Karl Barth, was probably in his generation the greatest theologian in the world, and a great philosopher as well. I did not always agree with him, but he was my friend and I respected him. While he was in this country, a student at one of the seminaries said, “Dr. Barth, what is the greatest truth that ever crossed your mind?” All the seminary students were sitting on the edge of their seats to hear some great, profound, deep, complicated answer. Dr. Barth slowly raised his great shaggy gray head and looked at the student and said, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.”