Hitting is simple. See the ball, and hit it. However, when we start talking mechanics, that simple task suddenly becomes the hardest thing to do in sports. Why does such a simple thing, require so much hard work? In short, our desire for success overcomplicates the simplicity of the game. The same can be said about our relationship with Jesus Christ. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)” The Gospel of Jesus is simple, but our desire for success overcomplicates its simplicity. Jesus summarizes this point with a short question, “Do you believe this? (John 11:26)”
When standing in the batters box, the last thing we want to be thinking about is mechanics. To simplify our approach at the plate, sit on a pitch and don’t swing unless he throws what were looking for (before two strikes). We’re looking for one pitch and one pitch only. A solid approach at the plate keeps the game simple and gives the batter serious confidence in the box. Do you believe in your approach?
In the same way, a solid approach in our walks with the Lord, keeps the simplicity of the Gospel burning in our lives. To break down this approach, Jesus explains; “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6) Our ultimate goal of eternal life in Heaven, comes only from Jesus. No matter how hard we work, or how much we try, the simplicity of the Gospel is that Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
Like hitting, following Christ is not always easy. How many times do we try to overcomplicate the process and find ourselves lost in fear, anxiety and insecurity? It is easy for ball players to find themselves in these positions and instantly seek to make adjustments to their swings. Too often, we find ourselves trying to fix something that isn’t broken rather than strengthening our approach in the box. Jesus promises that he is enough in those times, “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.” (John 14:6) Regardless of our circumstances, no matter what we are up against, we have peace in the name of Jesus. But, do you believe?
Understanding the simplicity of the Gospel, we must trust in our approach and keep it simple. When we see that our desire for success is really a desire for peace, we can lay our fears at the foot of the cross, believe and receive his gift. While focusing on the process of executing our approach, rather than dwelling on the end result, we will find that the peace of Christ will overcome all fear. Regardless of the circumstances, keep it simple and believe in the Lord.