Simplicity of a faith-filled life

As I write this, a trip to the Big Church Day Out looms. It’s no secret that I’m not a great fan of camping, but I definitely see the merit in simplifying life: getting away from the gadgets, parking the car up in a field for a few days and laying the diary to one side. I’ll get to share life with people without the usual distractions and I’m sure it will do us a lot of good!

Reading through the apostle John’s first epistle recently, I was struck by the clarity and simplicity of his perception of what it means to live a faith-filled life. For example, in 1 John 1:6,7 he teaches, ‘If we claim to have fellowship with him (God) yet walk in darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his son, purifies us from all sin.’

I’m reminded that God doesn’t do grey areas; his word is clear and illuminating, which begs the question, ‘Why does it seem to come with so many different views and interpretations?’ While it is often the Holy Spirit emphasising a certain point that he wants to convey, we need to be mindful of the influence of the world and make sure we stay firmly fixed on Jesus, ‘the light of the world’!