The Power of Simplicity

Prayer requests: Please remember the family and friends of Billie Shahayda today as the honor her in her celebration of life service. Also, please pray for Greg, our pastor, as he undergoes hand surgery today.

1 Thessalonians 5:12-18

12 But we appeal to you, brothers and sisters, to respect those who labor among you, and have charge of you in the Lord and admonish you; 13 esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14 And we urge you, beloved, to admonish the idlers, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with all of them. 15 See that none of you repays evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to all. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”  NRSV

Sometimes, it’s the subtle things that carry the greatest importance. Note the emphasis given to the last three verses. Sixteen – “Rejoice always,” – that’s the whole verse, two words. Verse seventeen – “pray without ceasing,” – that’s the whole verse, three words. Verse eighteen – “give thanks in all circumstances;” – that’s the declarative statement, five words. The rest of verse eighteen is the exclamation point for these three declarative statements, the why, “for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” That pretty well sums it up.

Brevity, succinctness, and pin-point clarity, are still lessons I’m trying to learn. This is a timely reminder to me to keep trying. It is a reminder to all of us of the power of simplicity found in doing the will of God that Jesus taught and modeled for us all. Rejoice, pray, give thanks!


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